SVA alumnus James Jean (BFA 2001 Illustration) was highly praised in a recent New York Times article about the growing legitimacy of comic books in the art world. “It seems as if James Jean started winning awards for his comic-book work before the ink was dry on his diploma from the School of Visual Arts in New York,” said Dana Jennings in the Times. The writer was equally impressed by the artist’s breadth of range. “But what makes Mr. Jean even more intriguing is that even as he was being swept into the comic-book canon, he also established himself as a gallery-ready fine artist and commercial illustrator (Prada, ESPN, Atlantic Records).” Noting Jean’s new collection of noncomics work, Rebus, Jennings wrote “the paintings and illustrations are often suffused with a dreamy romanticism and lyricism worthy of Maxfield Parrish, even as Mr. Jean subverts those and other isms.”
To view some of the work that made James Jean famous, visit The New York Times.