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The Art of James Christensen: A Journey of the Imagination

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  236 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
One of the main strengths of this book is its accessibility to a wide range of art lovers. Color, pattern and intricacy appeal to some, while others are drawn to literary and artistic allusions, symbolism and social observations.
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published January 8th 1996 by The Greenwich Workshop Press (first published January 1st 1994)
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Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
We watched a movie called The Light Before Christmas based on the artwork of James Christensen. I loved his whimsical artwork and thus got this book that is filled with his art and writing.
Drew Graham
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me
James C. Christensen's artwork has impressed and enchanted art lovers and fantasy aficionados for decades, and this book is a little insight into his process and philosophy. It including samples of his art throughout the years, from pen and ink sketches from his sketchbooks to finished and published paintings, and text describing his purposes and ideas.

I admit I'm not as enamored with Christensen's art as I used to be, but I'm glad to finally really look through his published books (which I have
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
James Christensen's art is truly magical. If you're familiar with his work, you'll understand why I dreamed fish were floating about my home after reading this.

I attended a lecture he gave called "Imagination 101." He made the following points:

1. Life is a journey--use your imagination.
2. Magic is around us everywhere, everyday.
3. We can all find ways to ease our burdens.
4. Art is a mirror of life and the experiences we share.
5. There is no favorite color, only relationships to color.
6. Humor m
Mary Catelli
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worlds-of-weird, art
Art wild, whimsical, and fascinating. Some times with striking beauty, but one looks at Christensen for such things as Two Men in Conversation Attempting to Put Things In Perspective, with its odd perspectives, or his sketch of a duke in a school of anchovies. (It's practically a signature of his, having a fish ambling around in the air.) Journey is a discussion of imagination enlivened by quite a lot of art. (Including sketches and things.) Marvelous to look at, with all the details.
Aug 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful! A collection of some of the most popular paintings of James Christensen, plus lots of insights into the artwork from Christensen himself. Christensen is one of my favorite artists. This book is like candy to me. Oh yeah, one more thing, since I've had the pleasure of attending one of his lectures, so sorry, but my book is cooler than yours as mine is autographed.
Clayton Chase
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Inspiration. Rediscovered.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: use-in-class
Loved it. The art is extraordinary, and the text is fascinating.
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
He is one of my favorite artists and my parents bought this book for me. The stories behind what he does are sometimes really funny and always clever. Great artwork.
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Rich, rich, rich, in inspiration for the "student of whimsy"!! One of my very favorite artists--excellent craft as well as clever word-play within his work...
Marty Mayer
Excellent. I can never decide which is my favorite of his works, though I frequently lean toward "Balancing Act."
Hollie Robb
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pictures
Fascinating in every way. James Christensen is a amazing artist.
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
An amazing artist - beautiful illustrations. I continue to love looking at this book for inspiration.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE the art of James C. Christensen. He's probably my absolute fave...
Kaite Stover
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Stunning artwork.
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite contemporary artists. This book somehow has found itself out of my possession--I think it is at my parents' house, probably delighting all my nieces and nephews!
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