Born in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in New Jersey, James Jean has a B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 2003, he moved to Los Angeles where he currently lives and works.
“In a ceaseless torrent of images, his finely wrought and narrative-driven work has captured the attention of a worldwide audience including the admiration of other artists, designers, and filmmakers. Renowned for his draftsmanship and imagination, Jean’s work has been featured in print, fabric, large-scale installations, and animation. His influences include various sources such as Japanese Woodblock prints, Northern Renaissance paintings and etchings, Chinese scroll paintings, Shanghai advertising posters, comics, anatomical charts, and vintage printed ephemera. Jean’s images evoke a sense of fantasy and the subconscious, seductive in their delicacy and sensuality.” (from Jonathan Levine Gallery)
James is the recipient of numerous awards including the Bronze Lion, Cannes Festival, seven Eisner Awards, three Harvey Awards, and three Gold medals from the Society of Illustrators. In 2008, he was nominated for a Grammy Award, Los Angeles, CA.
Jean’s current Exhibition “Rebus” is currently on show at the Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles and runs through April 20, 2011.
To see more, visit JamesJean.com.