Artist: James C. Christensen
Title: Ten Lepers
Limited Edition of: 522
Image Size: 50"w x 22"h.
About "Ten Lepers" "And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." Luke 17:15-19 As he did with "The Widow's Mite," James Christensen interprets one of the Bible's more powerful stories and presents us with an image of elegance, grace and beauty. At the same time he engages us in one of the higher promises of art: provoking thought. In fact, the art of reflection is at the core of the painting's message. The "Ten Lepers" were a group of men cured of their disease through one of Christ's miracles. Their tattered wrappings suggest what was, until this moment, their illness. Of the ten, nine are too preoccupied celebrating their new lease on life to think of anything else, much yet thank him. The tenth, at this moment, grasps truly what has occurred. He is the only one that returns to acknowledge the Master. This image provides an inspiring reminder to take a moment from our fast-paced world and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. And, just as importantly, to take the time to show this gratitude.
Biography: James C. Christensen Inspired By The World'S Myths, Fables And Tales Of Imagination, James C. Christensen Wants His Work To Add Up To More Than A Beautiful - If Sometimes "Curious" Looking Work Of Art. Having Taught Art Professionally For Over 20 Years, He Likes To Think Of The World As His Classroom. His Hope Is That Through Whatever He Creates-Be It A Porcelain, Fine Art Print Or Book-He Can Convey A Message, Inspiration Or A Simple Laugh. He Believes That Teaching People To Use Their Imagination Helps Us Find Solutions To Sooth The Stresses Of Everyday Life-Or Get A Little Lift To Help Us Keep Going. In Short: All Things Are Possible When You Share Christensen'S Philosophy That "Believing Is Seeing." Christensen Was Born In 1942 And Raised In Culver City, California. He Studied Painting At Brigham Young University And, For A While, The University Of California At Los Angeles Before Finishing His Formal Education At Byu. Since Then, He Has Had One-Man Shows In The West And The Northeast And His Work Is Prized In Collections Throughout The U.S. And Europe. Christensen Has Also Won All The Professional Art Honors The World Science Fiction And Fantasy Convention Can Bestow, As Well As Multiple Chesley Awards From The Association Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists. Christensen Has Been Designated As A Utah Art Treasure, One Of UtahS Top 100 Artists By The Springville Museum Of Art And Received The GovernorS Award For Art Awarded By The Utah Arts Council Recognizing The Significance Of ChristensenS Artwork To UtahS Cultural Communities. He Was Inducted Into The U.S. Art MagazineS Hall Of Fame And Is An Honored Alumnus At Brigham Young University For His Contributions To Fine Art And Education. James And His Wife Carole, Co-Chair The Mormon Arts Foundation. He Is A Frequent Guest Lecturer At Brigham Young University, And Has Also Given Workshops To Large Companies And Organizations On The Subject Of Creative Thinking, Including The California Art EducatorS Association, Hallmark And Intermountain Health Care. In Addition To His Fine Art Limited Editions On Paper And Canvas, ChristensenS Work Can Be Found In Five Acclaimed Books And A Series Of Interactive Journals And In Three Dimensions In Porcelain And Hand-Crafted Limited-Edition Bronze Sculptures.