James Jean is a Taiwanese-American visual artist, who was born in Taiwan and raised in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey. He received his education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, from which he graduated in 2001. Jean is recognized for both his commercial work and fine art gallery work.
In 2008, Jean retired from illustration and commercial projects in order to focus on painting. Within his fine artworks, he 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 often 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.