James Jean, ‘Pagoda’, 2013, Maharam
James Jean, ‘Pagoda’, 2013, Maharam

Pagoda assembles imagery from Maharam Stories in an intricately intertwined composition. Reminiscent of the fantastic moral scenes of Dutch Painter Hieronymus Bosch, Pagoda depicts the whimsical and grotesque in a richly layered tableau.

Series: Maharam Digital Projects

Image rights: © 2013 James Jean, Maharam under license.

About James Jean

James Jean fuses contemporary subjects with aesthetic techniques inspired by traditional Chinese scroll paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, and Renaissance portraiture. By experimenting with different styles and art-historical genres, Jean depicts detailed cosmological worlds that focus on both individual and universal experiences. His small-scale pieces feature single figures engaged in everyday tasks, and are focused on specific narratives and emotions. Jean’s large-scale works recall complex Hieronymus Bosch paintings and majestic Tang Dynasty landscapes. Layered with imagery drawn from both contemporary culture and age-old allegories, the artist imagines a collective realm of mythological proportions.

Taiwanese-American, b. 1979, Los Angeles, California

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James Jean: Parallel Lives

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