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James Jean

Time and place collapse in masterfully-rendered dreamscapes.

“I think the best paintings of mine are born from the deepest recesses of the mind, from dark and surprising places.”

Jean offers a modern take on Old Masters of East and West. The technical prowess of his compositions evoke that of the Renaissance painters, while reinterpretations of the Great Wave pay homage to the forefather of Japanese art, Hokusai. In stark contrast, the animated figuration recalls Manga, Anime and American comic-books, melding archaic and contemporary art histories of Europe and Asia. Along...

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Bio

James Jean was born in 1979 in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to New Jersey, USA with his family at a young age. He now lives and works in Los Angeles.

Accolades

A Bronze Lion from Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and Grammy nomination for Best Packaging Design in 2008 - in addition to innumerable art world achievements - attest the artist’s far-reaching cultural cache.

Did you know?

Kendrick Lamar sported one of the artist's designs on the VMA’s red carpet in 2017, from a series of collaborations with Italian luxury fashion house Prada.

Collaborations with James Jean

Avant Arte and James Jean have one upcoming collaboration.

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