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Over the past decade, James Jean has won critical acclaim for his art (including a record eight Eisner Awards in a row for his cover illustrations for the DC Comics series Fables), hosted celebrated gallery exhibitions around the globe, received numerous design awards, and developed a fan base of devoted collectors. Rebus showcases new work as well as important creative milestones including the eerie dreamscapes of his oil paintings, the elaborate installations and animations he created for Prada in 2008, his gorgeous illustration work, as well as never-before-published pages from his detailed sketchbooks. Page after page, this monumental book reveals new ideas and explorations from an artist whose voice, influence, and vision remain simply unparalleled.

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"The first thing to notice about this large-format book is its spectacular red gilt edges. The book is so highly designed as to have typeface too minuscule to read. No matter, since the self-indulgent text does not add insight to the images by the graphic illustrator-turned fine artist. Jean is under heavy influence from Francis Bacon, Hieronymus Bosch, Margaret Keane, and Japanese anime. When not finding themselves in disturbing situations, children and young women are overtaken by a dizzying array of organic matter, rendered in exacting detail. It can be both hypnotic and overwhelming. Known for his album covers, this boy wonder (he's barely 30 ) wants to be taken seriously for his painting and fine art. 'The work in Kindling was a bridge over which I could leave commercial work behind to pursue my personal art practice,' he writes of his first solo gallery show. Yet the most interesting sections of this book show the wallpaper that Jean designed for two different Prada stores. Each tells a different story, which is magical in the illustration, but tedious when described in the artist's own words. Like high fashion, Jean's work can't help having a commercial edge, and that's what makes it intriguing. It is pure spectacle, and so derivative as to be singular." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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ISBN:
9780811871259
Author:
Jean, James
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Art - Artists
Subject:
Art - General
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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Product details 240 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811871259 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The first thing to notice about this large-format book is its spectacular red gilt edges. The book is so highly designed as to have typeface too minuscule to read. No matter, since the self-indulgent text does not add insight to the images by the graphic illustrator-turned fine artist. Jean is under heavy influence from Francis Bacon, Hieronymus Bosch, Margaret Keane, and Japanese anime. When not finding themselves in disturbing situations, children and young women are overtaken by a dizzying array of organic matter, rendered in exacting detail. It can be both hypnotic and overwhelming. Known for his album covers, this boy wonder (he's barely 30 ) wants to be taken seriously for his painting and fine art. 'The work in Kindling was a bridge over which I could leave commercial work behind to pursue my personal art practice,' he writes of his first solo gallery show. Yet the most interesting sections of this book show the wallpaper that Jean designed for two different Prada stores. Each tells a different story, which is magical in the illustration, but tedious when described in the artist's own words. Like high fashion, Jean's work can't help having a commercial edge, and that's what makes it intriguing. It is pure spectacle, and so derivative as to be singular." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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