THE ART OF JAMES WILLIAM CHRISTENSON
ABOUT JAMES & HIS WORK
At 19, James was already internationally recognized for his incredible and diverse talent. His portfolio includes a myriad of professionally commissioned works, including life-size murals, sculptures, wood-burned functional art pieces, & award-winning paintings. James was a part of a team of artists whose hand-drawn and computer animated movie won Disney's 3D 2019 Animation Teen Division Award. In 2020, he published his second book, Effervescent Road Trip, which features a nearly 200 works, following the success of his first collection of works, Scintillating Portals into the Fantastic.
Most recently, James has been working on publishing a fully illustrated short story, entitled, A Grave Mistake, which is anticipated for publication in August 2021.
The Current Direction
James is currently pursuing a degree in illustration and has found a home in telling story through visual narrative.
The art of James William Christenson, Vol III
From the time man first drew on cave walls to the present day, illustrators have sought to capture transcendent messages, to evoke strong emotion, and to tell powerful stories in imagery and sculpture. In most cases less serious than transcendent and always more fun than strongly emotional, James William Christenson's creative approach is experienced through this body of work which was created during his first two years at university. A quick perusal of these pages demonstrates that Christenson possesses that which many artists and audiences have desired but few have realized: Ebullience! Serendipitous Profundities highlights Christenson’s innate creativity, cheerful disposition, stylistic dexterity, and adaptability.
This collection of 400 unique pieces was produced in and out of art school and includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, illustrations, reproductions of famous artists’ works, commissioned pieces for both institutions and private collectors, commissioned illustrations for other published books, color studies, and conceptual sketches.
Christenson’s works will certainly inspire artists and amuse audiences for centuries - his styles infuse even concept sketches with clever and often animated and tongue-in-cheek flourishes that withstand the passage of time. With this treasury Christenson creates dynamic progression by including several sensitive works, employing a range of media, and reflecting the artist's passion for story-telling. Enjoy Serendipitous Profundities!
A GRAVE MISTAKE
James William Christenson's first fully illustrated and published short story!
Cyrus Miller, the groundskeeper at a southern parish, gets irate when body snatchers repeatedly target the church graveyard. He devices a plan to dissuade the resurrect her's from ever returning to the parish. Things go awry when he decides to bury himself.
EFFERVESCENT ROAD TRIP: THE ART OF JAMES WILLIAM CHRISTENSON
James William Christenson's second collection of artwork is now available for purchase!
When you take an Effervescent Road Trip, it is impossible to predict what you will explore, laugh at, or learn. Two things are certain: it’s not like anything you’ve ever experienced before, and it’s a journey you will want to share with others.
Christenson's unique and acclaimed artwork will inspire you to return again and again, discovering new delights and fresh sources of inspiration. Cataloguing over 190 artistic works and over 300 full color images, these collected pieces span sketches, sculptures, oil paintings, parodies, wood-burning projects, and non finiti.
Like Mozart at a precocious age, Christenson has achieved what few artists can boast: his creations are approachable to both the seasoned critic and the casual observer looking for something amusing, light, or interesting. Join James William Christenson for an unforgettable expedition!
SCINTILLATING PORTALS INTO THE FANTASTIC
Love James Williams' artwork? His first published collection of artwork is available on Amazon.com and booksellers around the world! With 48 works of art and 61 full color images of sculpture, wood burning projects, paintings, drawings and more, you won't want to miss out on the incredible images contained in this 8.5 x 11 book!
Cribbage Board Creation
James Art Studio was recently commissioned to create a wood-burned Cribbage board for a married couple. The sunflower was the couple's chosen flower for their wedding and cribbage was one of their favorite pastimes. This short video details the creation process.
This was my student film. It consists of about 2000 individual images. It has won 2nd place in University of Northwestern St Paul's student film festival in 2017.