Arabesque Fantastique: The Art of James Jean

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jj1As a child, I used to walk down a long hallway from my bedroom. The walls were covered in oriental bamboo tapestries which depicted miniature scenes of rural Chinese life circa the Tang Dynasty. I would carefully study each tapestry and wait for the story to unfold. In an Illustrated Man moment, I could actually see the tiny, hand painted man hidden in a windswept tree physically anticipate the wild horse below him. The scene was beautiful and wild and in a single moment, I could actually feel the life contained within it. Illustrator James Jean also captures and creates dimensions that vibrantly echo the twilight transformative powers of paintings becoming breathing beings. Jean’s work fuses innocent whispers of sexuality and mysterious mythos in an Asian-esuqe tableaux.  Jean uses a unique pallete of greys that are strikingly accented by vibrant colors to create feathery figures and worlds that feel as if they’re on the brink of disappearing.

James Jean’s work has been featured on the Fables graphic novel covers as well as the covers of the children’s book series, The Gideon Trilogy. He has won the coveted Eisner award and is a Gold Medal Winner of the Society of Illustrators.

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Written by corvusblue

September 5, 2009 at 8:26 am

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  1. …and he did that cool mural for the Prada store in Soho.

    john

    September 8, 2009 at 11:25 am


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