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Fashionable Art can mean different things to several people. It can be the clothes one wears, the shoes we walk in or the accessories used to complete an outfit. What about taking fashion and making it something we can put onto our walls. If some of us could, we would take fashion magazine pages and frame them. That may lack some class though. Alternatives you ask for, Illustrations and graphic design are some. Illustrators like Andy Warhol, Julie Verhoeven, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Renaldo Barnette and Michael Roberts have used fashion to showcase their visions and talents with colors and shapes. They are just a few of the many artists that allows us to put Fashionable Art on our walls.
For the lucky people who will be gracing California with their presence in the near future , James Jean, one of my favorite illustrators, has new paintings on view at JANM (Japanese American National Museum) until Jan 24th 2010.
Those who know his body of work, this is not to be missed! For others who are not familiar… click the link below and enjoy!
Talk about putting us to shame. In less than 10 years this talent has managed to win several awards, published 4 books, worked for DC Comics, The New York Times, Spin, Target, Prada just had his first solo exhibit in Jonathan LeVine Gallery and is just old. I feel weird to be inspired by someone so young, but if you’ve seen the body of work James Jean has accumulated, you would become an instant fan also.
This may also depend on the type of art you love. Mr. Jean draws you in with colors and animation, if you take a longer look, the dark story behind some of his piece starts to show. With the colors and his use of children or animated characters, most likely kids will be attracted to James creations, but his pieces are definitely not G rated.
If you visit the bio page on his website, there is nothing except for the year he was born (1979-). It is obvious that he is not one for many words, but his art says everything. We should look forward to seeing you pretty often in the future Mr.J.