Art Library is back, yay! Thank you for your patience, and I think this one is really worth the wait.
For those of you unfamiliar with James Jean, the Taiwan born artist is a bit of an enigma. His highly detailed, undulating drawings and paintings unsurprisingly garnered him much acclaim: he has illustrated over eighty covers the for the DC publication, Fables, went on to do an ad for Prada, published several titles with Chronicle Books, and held solo shows that opened to lines around the block.
And then, shortly after the opening of his third solo show in New York the winter of 2012, the artist inexplicably disappeared: he abandoned his LA studio and went dark on social media, much to the confusion of his friends and the art world. Months later, he reappeared on Instagram in the spring, and revealed that he was living in Southeast Asia, and still working prolifically. He wrote:
"Life is simpler now with only a sketchbook and a camera at my side, the basic necessities obtained through barter."
Designed and curated from his seat abroad, the 292-page Xenograph is a collection of works from 2010–2014: drawings, their preliminary sketches, and photographs of his process—picking up where his book Rebus left off.
The beautiful clothbound book was released in three and signed and numbered limited editions—the copy I am sharing with you is 288/3000 from the First Edition.
Often surreal and dreamy, Jean's figures inhabit intimate worlds of subconscious myth and fevered hallucination—at once beautiful and terrifying.
Tyler and I are big admirers of Jean, and Lotus War Pyramid is just one of his prints that grace our walls—framed and UV protected at last:
A pretty perfect spot above one of our bookshelves, and so eye-catching with its rich jewel tones.
Even as I'm wrapping up this post, there are so many sketches and drawings I am regretting I didn't include. It is truly a stunning book, and I hope you enjoyed the little taste of it here!