8 Rising Stars to Watch at EXPO CHICAGO
Sept. 19, 2015
. . . Another Art Center graduate who came to his dealer's attention through the artist grapevine is David Jien, who joined after his best friend Devin Troy Strother told Richard Heller that he was someone he needed to snap up. As a test, he brought in two of Jien's larger drawings; they sold three days later. Looking at his work, you can see why. A former graffiti artist who decided to change course after doing a little jail time for his art, Jien uses a magnifying glass and colored pencils to make incredibly intricate drawings that seem to combine comics with Persian miniatures and Medieval illuminations, and which all together build a broad master narrative about a world of creatures locked in a battle of good versus evil. (If you look closely, you might see that he occasionally works his old tag, Lyfer, into the compositions.) At the fair, Heller featured several drawings including this small rendering of the artist in his studio (priced at $4,500) that seems especially suited for hours of close looking.
All Night Wizards, 2015 / Color pencil and graphite on paper / 8.5 x 11 inches / Sold
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