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James Jean

Dolly Varden

According to The Roanoke Times in 1956, Dolly Varden was an aerialist and equestrienne, once called the goddess of the tan bark trail, and a hoarder of jewels. By using traditional woodblock printing techniques, the image feels precious and ethereal, a depiction of a muse from another realm.

Jean draws the female figure with the exquisite lines he is known for. 

Outline of the artwork created by Jean.

The outline drawn by Jean is carved to produce smooth, raised lines.

The finished outline block is used to begin the printing.

Printed individually by hand, each ukiyo-e displays the vivid colors that are blended by the printer and are a unique feature of woodcut prints.

The golden lines are printed in the final step to complete the piece.

The finished piece is light and vividly colorful, which is characteristic of woodcut prints. The golden lines stand out against the brilliant colors.

The ukiyo-e is printed on Echizen kizuki hosho washi (a unique kind of Japanese paper) handmade from 100% paper-mulberry fibers by Ichibei Iwano, a living national treasure.

Focusing all of his attention on the point of his knife, the carver creates smooth, elegant lines.

Always viewing everything in the universe from his own unique perspective, James Jean fluidly expresses his world view through beautiful lines. The carver deciphers the intention of the artist, James Jean, and rhythmically carves the gracefully flowing lines. The carver's intense focus and precision is required for the work of carving delicate lines with a single knife.

Light and brilliant colors are born from materials and techniques that are unique to Japan.

The light and brilliant colors of traditional woodcut prints is produced by using a Baren rubbing pad to rub water-based paints into the fibers of the paper, which is carefully handcrafted from paper mulberry. The printer feels the world view of Jean and his artwork "Dolly Varden" as he mixes and prints the colors on top of one another.

James Jean

James Jean was born in Taiwan and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Renowned for his virtuosic ability to work across different genres with an imaginative and multifaceted approach to image making, he has held exhibitions of his fine art in New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. 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. Layered with imagery drawn from contemporary culture and age-old allegories, he imagines a collective realm of mythological proportions. After a groundbreaking collaboration with Prada for their fabled Spring/Summer 2008 collection, Jean returns for Prada's Resort and Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Jean also worked closely with Guillermo del Toro on the poster for the Oscar-winning film, The Shape of Water.


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Limit ONE print per person
Limited Edition:
100
Dimension of picture:
38.0×24.0㎝
Dimension of frame:
56.0×44.0㎝  Original Frame
Specification of frame:
Approx. 2.0kg, wood, acrylic resin
Type of print:
Woodcut print
Paper used:
Echizen kizuki hosho washi (produced by living national treasure Ichibei Iwano)
Date of publication:
April 2018
Supervision:
The Adachi Foundation for the Preservation of Woodcut Printing
Production:
The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints
Delivery:
Delivery will begin from the end of April