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{A&E} Photo Gallery: The Art of James C. Christensen

November 28, 2012

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For more than 30 years, world-renowned LDS artist James C. Christensen has been translating the world around him into masterful and inventive art. In his new book, Passage by Faith—the first ever for a Latter-day Saint audience—he explores the spiritual elements of his work and unveils the visual metaphors, symbols, and "meaning behind the meanings" of some of his most popular fantasy pieces, as well as his deeply meaningful scriptural images. Here are some of our favorites.

Read more about James Christensen and his art here.

Hold to the Rod, the Iron Rod
This "poofy guy," as Christensen calls him, represents human foibles and failings. His many layers of fancy clothing make him almost spherical, restricting movement and progression. In this painting, he is so burdened with "stuff" that he cannot reach up to hold to the rod above his head for fear of losing any of the material possessions he has accumulated throughout his life.

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