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Wood Gatherer, 2008

Wood Gatherer

Wood Gatherer, by James Jean (Taiwanese, born 1979), 2008. Blue pencil and digital print. Gift of Yoko Woodson, 2009.3.1-2.

The artist James Jean created the drawing for a fundraising event to support the Totoro Forest Project. Here, the landscape appears to be weeping, with large teardrops running down tree trunks. The Totoro Forest, outside Tokyo, has become a beloved presence in the Japanese anime/manga world. It is now targeted for urban development, and the Totoro Forest Project is leading efforts to preserve parts of it.

Artist Biography
James Jean is an internationally acclaimed artist renowned for his exceptional drafting abilities, imagination, and ability to span the commercial and fine art worlds. His body of work has been widely featured in print, fabric, large-scale installations, and animation. Drawing upon pictorial conventions from a wide range of sources— such as Japanese woodblock prints; Chinese scroll paintings; Shanghai advertising posters, comics, and anatomical charts; and Renaissance etchings from northern Europe—Jean’s images evoke a sense of fantasy and the subconscious. Since 2001, he has received various honors, from Eisner and Harvey awards for cover art to Grammy Awards for advertising art.

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