In his works the Taiwanese- American artist James Jean combines contemporary culture with aged allegory. The narrative and mostly vividly coloured works are characterized by floral and figurative motives and reveal to art historical references, for example Japanese wood painting and art design or Art Nouveau respectively Art déco.For example, demonstrations of water are reminiscent of those of the Japanese painter Hokusai, and depictions of female figures reveal parallels to works by the Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.

A kind of change in style are the comic elements that Jean incorporates into his work.

In his small - format works, the artist primarily shows individual figures in daily situations, focusing on specific narration and emotion.

In his large - sized works, Jean takes the viewer on a journey into a cosmic-seeming dream world, which is characterized by a complexity reminiscent of paintings by Hieronymus Bosch.

James Jean lives and works in Los Angeles, California.



In seinen Arbeiten vereint der taiwanisch- amerikanische Künstler James Jean zeitgenössische Kultur mit uralten Allegorien. Die narrativen und meist farbintensiven Werke sind von floralen wie figurativen Motiven geprägt und lassen kunsthistorische Bezüge erkennen, wie zum Beispiel zur japanischen Holzmalerei und Grafik oder zum Jugendstil bzw. Art déco.  So erinnern Darstellungen des Wassers an die des japanischen Malers Hokusai, Darstellungen von Frauenfiguren lassen Parallelen zu Werken des Jungendstilkünstlers Alfons Mucha erkennen. Eine Art Stilbruch stellen die comichaften Elemente dar, die Jean in seine Arbeiten einfließen lässt.

In seinen kleinformatigen Werken zeigt der Künstler primär einzelne Figuren in alltäglichen Situationen, wobei er den Fokus auf eine spezifische Narration und Emotion legt. In seinen großformatigen Arbeiten nimmt Jean den Betrachter mit auf eine Reise in eine kosmisch anmutende Traumwelt, die von einer Komplexität geprägt ist, die an Gemälde von Hieronymus Bosch erinnern lässt.

James Jean lebt und arbeitet in Los Angeles, Kalifornien.    



Azimuth, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, JP
Zugzwang, Hidari Zingaro Gallery, Tokyo, JP
Parallel Lives, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, US
Rebus, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Kindling, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, US


California Love, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal, DE
L.A. Intersections, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Juxtapoz X Superflat, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, LACMA, Los Angeles, US
Juxtapoz X Superflat, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, US
Takashi Murakami's Superflat Collection―From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer―, Yokohama Art Museum, Yokohama, JP
Masterworks, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, US
SuperAwesome, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, US
Vitruvius, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, US
City of Fire, Stephen Webster, Beverly Hills, US
Gin & Juice, Ivory & Black Soho, London, UK
Rebus Book Release, Art Catalogues, Ahmanson Building, LACMA, Los Angeles, US
Oniomania, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Flash, Anonymous Gallery, New York, US
L.A. Secret Studio: David Choe & James Jean, Parco Factory, Tokyo, JP
Pop Surrealism, What A Wonderfool World, Museo Carandente, Spoleto – Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, IT
Five Year Anniversary, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, US
GR Biennale, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, US
True Self, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, US
Just In: Recent Acquisitions from the Collection, Leonard Dobbs Gallery, Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Beyond Baby Tattooville, Members Gallery, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, US
Installation Scion Art Tour 4 NYC, The Reed Space, New York, US
The Painted Bird, Leo Kesting Gallery, New York, US
Panelists 2, Giant Robot Gallery, San Francisco, US
Black and White, Compound Gallery, Portland, US
Unforgiving, The Changing Room, New York, US
Idols of Perversity, Bellwether Gallery, New York, US
Soothsayers, Scion Installation Space, Culver City, US
Characters, Scene II, Silvermine Guild Arts Ceter, New Canaan, US
Characters, Scene I, Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Asbury Park, US
International Printmaking Competition, SoHo20 Gallery, New York, US