Artist Spotlight: James Jean

Intern Brandon talks about one of his current favorite artists, James Jean, and the impact he has had in the world today.

I was scrolling through Instagram one day and I stopped on an image of a woman feeding her son noodles out of a ducks head. Really weird, I know. Yet there was something about it that I couldn't keep my eyes away, it was just so engaging. One of my art pages reposted this artists work so I quickly did some digging and within 20 minutes I fell in love. His name is James Jean.


He is Taiwanese-American visual artist who does most of his work out of New York. He is known for the cover art for DC Comics and has one several awards because of it. He also has an extensive career in advertising and making art for many big companies. Those include: Time Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, ESPN, Atlantic Records, Target, and has even done a clothing/purse collection with Prada.

Nowadays Jean mostly focuses on painting rather than commercial projects. He has a main focus on contemporary subjects with aesthetic techniques. He is often inspired by traditional Chinese scrolls and Japanese woodblock prints. He combines ancient culture with contemporary styles to create works of his own that are sure to leave you in awe.


I hope everyone is staying safe during this time and making sure to stay inside! For the interns at Miami, the semester is almost at a close and summer will be here before you know it. Make sure you all are getting plenty of rest, washing your hands, drinking lots of water, and staying creative! Looking forward to talking with you guys next week. Stay safe.


-B

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