James Christensen

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James C. Christensen 1942-2017.

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. Chistensen has created a rich and strangely familiar world that will take alifetime to explore.  His art is found in prized collections through out the world.

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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 subjects which include commissions. 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 fine art appears 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.

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The Widow's Mite Infinity Aluminum Edition

The Widow’s Mite is the first James Christensen work of art ever to be offered as an Infinity Aluminum Edition. Scroll down and discover why! The Widow's Mite is the inaugural release of Havenlight Publishing's James Christensen Fine Art program.
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The Widow's Mite Time-Limited Canvas

As a result of outstanding collector and gallery purchases and reservations, the number of canvases in the edition has been set at 1487. You have missed the guaranteed order period for this edition, but we reserved a limited quantity of this edition in anticipation of the close of the order window. Order now before this limited inventory disappears.
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The Widow's Mite Unlimited Canvas 18 X 12

Perfect for gifting, this cropped open-edition canvas of The Widow's Mite contains the inherent beauty and core message of James Christensen's original painting, in a standard size for low-cost framing. The Widow's Mite is the inaugural release of Havenlight Publishing's James Christensen Fine Art program.
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