Jean was born in Taiwan and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. He currently lives and works 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. Notable past collaborations have included global campaigns with Prada, Nike, and Apple.
James Jean will be collaborating with the Australian Ballet's Sharni Spencer on an unprecedented Tilt brush piece of art at Semi Permanent Sydney.