About James C. Christensen 1942-2017
Credendo Vides - By Believing, One Sees
The range of Christensen's subject matter and style are testament to the artist's imagination, creativity and understanding of art history. His drive to connect with the world weaves through his work like a ribbon, over mermaids, under saints, and around hunchbacks. Christensen has created a rich and strangely familiar world that will take a lifetime to explore. His art is found in prized collections throughout the world.
Born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. He studied painting at Brigham Young University as well as the University of California at Los Angeles before finishing his formal education at BYU.
His honors and awards include being named a "Utah Art Treasure" as well as one of Utah’s Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and receiving the Governor’s Award for Art from the Utah Arts Council. He had won all the professional art honors given by the World Science Fiction Convention as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Opulent, colorful, Fantastic, Shakespearean, extraordinary: All words that aptly portray Christensen’s most popular artworks that have also been described as “creations from the land a little left of reality.” The result is a unique, kinetic kingdom where recognizable human emotions are often manifest in fish or fowl, utilizing the viewer’s own imagination as no other artist can. His art includes distinctive people, places and things that exist somewhere between adult dreams and childhood memories.
“I don’t think of myself as a fantasy artist,” said Christensen. “I certainly have an affinity for myths, fables and ancient lore, but I also find time to create landscapes and other real life subjects. What’s truly important to me is that my art is introspective and in turn challenges the mind’s eye of those who view it, regardless of subject matter.”
Christensen’s original fine art can be found as works of art in paper, canvas, porcelain and bronze. His first book, A Journey of the Imagination: The Art of James Christensen, was published to great acclaim in 1994. His second, the adventure fantasy Voyage of the Basset, has more than 100,000 copies in print. His subsequent books include the inventive Rhymes & Reasons, published in May 1997, Parables(written by Robert Millet, 1999), The Personal Illumination Series and The Personal Illumination Journal (2000), a series of interactive journals, A Shakespeare Sketchbook (2001) and James Christensen, Foremost Fantasy Artist (2001). In 2008 his eighth book, Men and Angels, was published. Passage by Faith: Exploring the Inspirational Art of James C. Christensen, his last book was published in 2014.