Adrift II

Pablo Picasso famously said, "Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist." The work of Surrealist, Salvador Dali, thoroughly proves his point. Today it seems like most art could be called 'surreal', but few apply a complete command of technical skill and mastery of artistic fundamentals to liquid edges and rich dreamlike themes like James Jean.


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Born in Taiwan, Jean grew up in New Jersey and attended the NYC School of Visual Art. Professionally, he was first known for the DC Comics, Fables series covers . He has moved on from illustration to a independent career in fine art. His intricate, often watery designs now even extend to wearable pieces.

As he quietly becomes more commercially successful you'll soon be able to identify his work on sight, like Picasso, Dali, Rockwell or Banksy. It's amazing to be able to witness the beginning of the careers of the new masters like Jean that will one day be taught by professors and art historians, defining the art of the early twenty-first century.

While his style has been called psychedelic, and compared to Maxwell Parrish, Surrealist still feels like it fits best. James Jean will no doubt inspire many other artists to use their technical skills to break rules, and explore the edges of reality.


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