David Jean is a Canadian artist whose career has spanned several decades. His paintings and lithographs are widely acclaimed and complement numerous notable collections worldwide, including those of Canada’s former Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Jean Chretien, former Ontario Premier, Mike Harris, and Designer, Giorgio Gucci.
David’s heritage provides us with insight as to his inherent ability to portray through his work, his understanding of humanity’s quest for world peace and harmony. He was born in Toronto Canada to immigrant parents. His father was Mainland Chinese; his mother was from Barbados, a mix of Cherokee Indian, African, and Dutch.
To fit David Jean into any art genre would do injustice to his extraordinary skills. He demonstrates his technical powers and versatility in a wide variety of artistic categories. Just as he is distinguished in symbolizing modern-day events, David is equally adept at producing examples of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, completing unfinished works of great masters like Leonardo da Vinci's "Adoration of the Magi" and "The Battle of Anghiari". In his naturalist works he captures the spirit of wildlife as well as the majesty of our natural landscape. David’s surrealist paintings transport us into the otherworldly realm of the fairy and other mythological and magical creatures such as the unicorn and the winged Pegasus. In these works he clearly draws upon the archetypes of the collective unconscious, reaching into the hidden recesses of the viewers souls and taking us to a place where he believes we are all connected.
Many of David Jean's works, such as "Temptation of Pegasus" and "Revelation of Pegasus" acknowledge our dark side, depicting the struggle of good versus evil. The struggle is pronounced by his expert use of darkness and light. The triumph of good is often symbolized by the imagery of angels bringing hope, love, and enlightenment. David's ever-present trademark water droplet is indicative of the essence of life.
A study of his work reveals a personality with deep spiritual connection, exceptional talent, and an artist who masterfully shares with the audience his perception of world harmony. David Jean is blessed with a photographic memory, seemingly guided by the spirit of the old masters. All his paintings are done freehand, brush to canvas, without preliminary pencil drawings or mechanical assistance.