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Pareidolia is a breathtaking art book by internationally renowned artist/illustrator James Jean ( Fables, Rebus ). Running at 288 pages, the book features art work that spans the majority of his career and includes a dust jacket cover that folds out into a stunning poster.
(above) I have profound respect for versatile artists and illustrators with an uncanny ability to switch styles, and James Jean is one of them; his gamut of work covers realistic paintings to near abstract, surrealistic images.
Fans of James Jean will probably want to know if there is much overlapping content from his earlier art book Rebus – I do not have my copy of Rebus on hand to do a page by page comparison but both books do share some material. This comes expected as Pareidolia is meant to cover works from the majority of the artist’s career. That said, I still believe there is enough new art work in Pareidolia to justify a purchase.
(above) A sneak peek of the artist’s workspace. Some pieces, like the painting of the girl lying prostrate are much bigger than I would have imagined.
(above) The dust jacket covers folds out into a magnificent poster.
James Jean is an extraordinary artist/illustrator and Pareidolia reproduces his beautiful collection of art work in glorious, stunning detail. I only wish the book could have come in hardcover format for a sturdier built, but that’s me nitpicking. Very highly recommended.
Many thanks to Sekizawa-san of PIE books for providing me with a copy of the book for review.
Note : Pareidolia has been released in Japan but not the US ( Oct 2015 ) or UK ( Nov 2015 ).
Pareidolia – James Jean Art Book details :
– Dimensions – 1.2 x 8.9 x 12 inches
– 288 pages, soft cover
– full color, in English and Japanese ( book is 99% art work )
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