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James Christensen

What’s truly important to me is that my art is introspective and in turn challenges the mind’s eye of those who view it regardless of the subject matter. -JC

James C. Christensen was born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. He studied painting at Brigham Young University as well as the University of California at Los Angeles before finishing his formal education at BYU. Since then he has had one-man shows in the West and the Northeast and his work is prized in collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Opulent, colorful, Shakespearean, extraordinary: All words that aptly portray Christensen’s most popular artworks that have also been described as “creations from the land a little left of reality.”

He has created a Shakespearean Island, an entire undersea world and a village of Mother Goose characters. But when he isn’t giving life to other’s worlds, he paints a place of his own.The result is a unique, kinetic kingdom where recognizable human emotions are often manifest in fish or fowl, utilizing the viewer’s own imagination as no other artist can.

His art includes distinctive people, places and things that exist somewhere between adult dreams and childhood memories.

“I don’t think of myself as a fantasy artist,” said Christensen. “I certainly have an affinity for myths, fables and ancient lore, but I also find time to create landscapes and other subjects which include commissions. Recent projects, for example, include a mural commission for a conference center in Nauvoo, Illinois, a poster for the 2001 Utah Shakespearean Festival and a sculpture for Nu-Skin.

“What’s truly important to me is that my art is introspective and in turn challenges the mind’s eye of those who view it regardless of subject matter.”

The artist has been commissioned by both Time/Life Books and Omni to create illustrations for their publications and his work has appeared in the prestigious American Illustration Annual and Japan’s Outstanding American Illustrators. Christensen has also won all the profession art honors the World Science Fiction Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

Christensen’s fine art appears as works of art in porcelain and bronze from The Greenwich Workshop Collection; artist-inspired products such as note cards, silk ties and books are also available. His first book, A Journey of the Imagination: The Art of James Christensen, was published to great acclaim in 1994. His second, the adventure fantasy Voyage of the Basset, has more than 75,000 copies in print. His subsequent books include the inventive Rhymes & Reasons, published in May 1997, Parables (written by Robert Millet, 1999), The Personal Illumination Series and The Personal Illumination Journal (2000), a series of interactive journals, A Shakespeare Sketchbook (2001) and James Christensen, Foremost Fantasy Artist (2001).

Christensen was recently designated as a “Utah Art Treasure,” one of Utah’s Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governor’s Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of Christensen’s artwork to Utah’s cultural communities. He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazine’s Hall of Fame. Jim and his wife, Carole, co-chair the Mormon Arts Foundation. GreenwichWorkshopThe ©James C. Christensen ©The Greenwich Workshop, Inc.


Fantasies Of The Sea

The Holy Grail Travels To Britain

Three Clowns

Portrait Of Isabella Grimaldi As An Angel


Old Man With A Lot On His Mind

City On A Hill


Man Taking A Leek On A Tiled Wall For A Walk

How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin

Consider The Lillies

Low Tech

The Fruits Of Adversity

The Man Who Minds The Moon

Angel Unaware

La Duquesa

Fish In A Toucan Mask

Still Small Voices

Christmas Bells

Six Bird Hunters In Full Camouflage

Angel With Two Faeries


Living Waters

Balthasar 2Nd Wise Man

Caspar Third Wise Man

Christensen:Foremost Fantasy Artist

Darius The Camel

Glorianna And The Creche

Shakespearean Fantasy

The Gift Of Life

The Gift Of Love


The Christmas Pig

Passage By Faith

Princess In The Tower

A Lawyer More Than Adequately Attired In Fine Pri

Man Taking A Leek On A Tiled Wall For A Walk

Lehi's Dream Collector Book & Print

Guardian In The Woods

Arise And Shine Forth

Pilgrim Angel

Desirable Above All Other Fruit

Three Wise Men In A Boat

2012 Flights Of Fantasy Calendar

The Nest

College Of Magical Knowledge

Butterfly Knight

The Chess Match


Grace -The Faerie Muses

The Oldest Angel

Midnight Scholar

Angel With Floating Fish


The Golden Ball

The Shepherd

The Traveling Fish Salesman (Special Event Piece)


Tempus Fugit (Time Flies)

Angel Unobserved

The Tie That Binds


Saint Apollonia

Fish Smuggler

Angel Unaware

Finding Your Fish

The Return Of The Fablemaker

Sometimes The Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses

The Yellow Rose

First Rose

Outside The Box

All That She Had

The Elves And The Queen

Men And Angels: The Art Of James C. Christensen


2009 James Christensen Saints And Angels Calendar

A Place Of Her Own

False Magic

The Rich Young Ruler


The Burden Of The Responsible Man

Music Of Heaven


Hold To The Rod, The Iron Rod

The Blind Leading The Blind

Resistance Training

The Beggar Princess And The Magic Rose

Angels Of My Village

Angel With Epaulet

The Gift Of Charity

Round John Virgin

Men And Angels


Michael The Archangel Battles The Dragon While Almost Nobody Pays Any Attention

The Listener

If Pigs Could Fly

Sleeper Lost In Dreams

The Pink Ribbon

Litho Finding Fish

The Gift For Mrs. Claus


Madonna With Two Angels Framed

The Bride

Saint With White Sleeves


The Shepherd's Wife & Child

The Gift Of Knowledge

St. Nicholas Of Myra

Poofy Guy On A Short Leash

The Enoch Altarpiece Framed

The Messenger

St. Brendan The Navigator



We Three Kings...

When Faeries Talk To Fishes

Portrait With Red Berries

Touching The Hem Of God

Gabriel Creche Angel


Olde World Santa

Ten Lepers

Conversation Around Fish

Faith Hope And Charity

Garden Rendezvous

The Widow's Mite

Monarch Of All He Surveys

Faery Tales

Smell The Roses



Joseph And Jesus

Gift Ahoy!

Santa On A Fish 2001

The Horn Blower


Low Tech

Fantasies Of The Sea

The Gift Of Hope

Sharing Our Light

A Shakespeare Sketchbook

Two Men In Conversation Attempting To Put Things

Poesy - The Farie Muses

Celeste (Astronomy Faerie)

Melody -The Faerie Muses

The Oath

Waiting For The Tide

The Pelican King And The Prince

The Christmas Angel

All The World's A Stage

The Princess And The Puffins

Christensen Journal


Exploration Journal Vol II

Illumination Journal Vol. Iv

Imagination Journal Vol I

The Fish Walker

The Scholar

Fiona (Turtle Faerie)

Adeline (Music Faerie)

Cecily (Snail Faerie)

A Christensen Character Cleverly Camouflaged In A

Queen Mab In The Ruins W/Figurines

Mrs. Claus

The Miniature Artist

The Pear Balancer

Melchoir The 1St Wise Man

Flight Of The Fablemaker

The Gift Of Peace

Icarus Bound


The Fish Wizard

A Man And His Dog

Gerome Spent His Free Time Daydreaming Of Being

Santa's Belle

Ancient Angel

The Lute Player

The Great Garibaldi

Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat

Wetland Bird Hunter


Santa's Other Helpers

The Sound Of Christmas

How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head Of A Pin

The Gift Of Music

The Bassoonist

Forest Fish Rider

Even As He Stopped Wobbling Wendall Realized He H

Tommy Tucker

The Responsible Woman

Tweedle Dee

Court Of The Faeries: Believer's Etching Edition

Another Fish Act

Jack Be Nimble

Voyage Of The Basset

The Candleman

The Gift Of Light

One Light

There Was A Crooked Man

Three Blind Mice Fluffy

The Man Who Minds The Moon

Levi Levitates A Stone Fish

Mother Goose

All Lived In A Crooked House

Angel's Gift

Balancing Act

Serenade For An Orange Cat

Piscatorial Percussionist

Sisters Of The Sea

Evening Angels Framed

The Art Of James Christensen: A Journey Of The I

Two Angels Discussing Botticelli

Six Bird Hunters In Full Camouflage

The Royal Music Barque

Getting It Right

The Royal Processional

Lawrence Pretended Not To Notice That A Bear Had Become

Once Upon A Time

Pelican King

Rhymes & Reasons

Two Sisters

The Annunciation

Old Man With A Lot On His Mind

Your Plaice Or Mine?