Christensen, James C.

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James Christensen artwork is inspired by myths, fables, fantasies, and tales of imagination. Applying his eye for the fantastic to people, landscapes and creatures (both real and imagined), Christensen has created a rich and strangely familiar world, rendered with exquisite skill and detail.

Painting in a variety of styles, from the lush Saints and Angels series reminiscent of European old master works, like "Madonna and Two Angels", to his whimsical and humorous works of satire like "Resistance Training", Christensen artwork appeals to a broad range of collectors.

"My aim," says Christensen, "always begins with a desire to connect with another imagination." He adds, "My work is an invitation to let your imagination run wild, explore, and make interpretations spontaneously."

James Christensen was born in Culver City, California. He grew up two blocks from the MGM studio; he and his friends often played in the back lot of the studio in Tarzan's pond or on sets for movies such as Gone With the Wind. James loved to tell stories and use his imagination in play and drawing.

Christensen attended Santa Monica City College, UCLA, and Brigham Young University, where he received his MA. After graduation, he worked as a freelance illustrator but continually worked on his own painting. Christensen created fantasy images for his own amusement, but he only displayed what he thought other people would like. However, he soon discovered that others liked his imaginative, magical worlds as much as he did. The universal predicaments of his fanciful characters touch a chord in their own lives and bring a wry smile of recognition. "Poofy Guy on a Short Leash" stars one of Christensen's overdressed, self-important little characters that deep down, we can all relate to!

Christensen was a faculty member of BYU's art department in Provo, Utah, from 1976 to 1997. He traveled with students in Mexico, Europe, and in Madrid, Spain. He returns to Europe frequently, and his art often reflects his travels.

Weaving dreams, hopes, fears, and humor into the fabric of everyday life, Christensen has created many enchanting works of art. "My paintings are meant to excite the imagination and invite the viewer to become a participant in the creative process," says Christensen.

Christensen wants his work to add up to more than a beautiful - if sometimes "curious" looking - work of art. Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he likes to think of the world as his classroom. His hope is that through whatever he creates-be it a porcelain, fine art print or book-he can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh. He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to sooth the stresses of everyday life-or get a little lift to help us keep going.

In short: all things are possible when you share Christensen's philosophy that "Believing is Seeing."


Mini Fantasies Of The Sea

Mini Fantasies Of The Sea

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Mini First Rose

Mini First Rose

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Mini Getting it Right

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Mini Jellyfish On A Stick

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Mini Lorelei

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Mini Low Tech

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Mini Man Taking A Leek

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Mini Pilates

Mini Pilates

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Mini Piscatorial Percussionist

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Mini Professional Fish Walker

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Mini Purple Dragon

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Mini Purple Dragon Max Colors

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Mini Queen Bee

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Mini Responsible Man

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Mini Rhyme and Reason

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Mini The Beggar Princess

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Mini The Mermaids

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Mini The Mermaids Max Colors

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Mini The Oath

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Mini Trio 20

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Mini Two Sisters

Mini Two Sisters

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Mini Voyage of The Basset

Mini Voyage of The Basset

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Mini Waiting For The Tide

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Mini Wizard with Unfamiliar

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Music of Heaven

Music of Heaven

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Night in The Garden

Night in The Garden

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Old World Santa

Old World Santa

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Old World Santa Max Colors

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Old World Santa NO Background

Old World Santa NO Background

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Oldest Professor

Oldest Professor

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Once Upon a Time

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Once Upon A Time Color Expansion

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One Light

One Light

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Ornament The Candleman

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Passage By Faith

Passage By Faith

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Pilates

Pilates

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