James Jean

Is a Taiwanese-American visual artist, known for both his commercial work and fine art gallery work. He is known in the American comics industry as a cover artist for various books published by DC Comics, as well as for his work for PradaESPN and Atlantic Records. His work, which has been collected in numerous volumes, has been compared by the New York Times to that of Maxfield Parrish.


In 2001, Jean became a cover artist for DC Comics, garnering seven Eisner awards, three consecutive Harvey awards, two gold medals and a silver from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, and a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators of New York. He also worked in advertising, and has contributed to many national and international publications. His clients included Time MagazineThe New York TimesRolling StoneSpinESPNAtlantic RecordsTargetPlayboyKnopfPrada among others. He illustrated covers for the comic book series Fables and The Umbrella Academy, for which he has won six Eisner Awards for “Best Cover Artist”. In 2006 he won Best Artist from the World Fantasy Awards.


In 2008, Jean retired from illustration and commercial projects in order to focus on painting.