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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA) (1 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811870391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811870399
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 1 x 40.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stranger on 19 Dec. 2010
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High quality removable prints. Content-wise this publication is even more wonderful. The magical and lyrical and sometimes haunting paintings are all very memorable - rather beautiful to contemplate upon.
Truly, there are fascinating pieces of art in here.
This artist will sweep you away with his craft.
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By Twee on 12 Jan. 2013
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Great quality, larger than expected and wonderfully presented.
The prints are gorgeous, even though the folded one might not look great in a frame since the crease is very noticable.
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By Melissa Dawn Parkin on 6 Nov. 2013
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Bigger than I expected, its A3 size and for how little I paid just amazing.
The packaging and prints are beautiful! and easy to remove without damaging them.
Highly recommend.
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By leah on 22 Sept. 2013
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The images are awesome. Great price for what you get. Arrived very quickly and well packed so there was no damage
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Great Art. Great Prints. Great Price. 20 Aug. 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kindling is also the name of the exhibition James Jean held earlier in 2009. This poster book contains a selection of those works. They are all personal, non-commissioned pieces.

The book itself is pretty big at about 20 inches diagonal. There are 12 high quality prints on white cardboard, each easily detachable. I guess this format is chosen so that people can frame them or just paste them on walls.

Speaking of framing artwork, I met a guy who had a gallery of James Jean art at his home. This was while we were sitting on the floor queuing for the James Jean panel at San Diego Comic Con 2009. Seeing the copy of Kindling in my hand, he asked which was my favourite piece, and proceeded to show me his gallery on his iPhone. Now that's what I call a James Jean collector!

My favourite piece is the one with the butterfly head doing makeup in from of the mirror. That's the kind of style I like about his art -- mixing unworldly imagination with fine art. This is perhaps what makes his work so unique. He has won six Eisner Awards for the best cover artist from 2004 to 2009. That's every year consecutively. It's an amazing achievement considering how many great artists are out there.

This book is a worthy collection for any collector. My recommendation is to get it now before it goes out of print, like many of his older books.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Beautiful Representation 21 Sept. 2009
By Samuel E. Wilkes - Published on Amazon.com
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These prints from James Jean's show of the same name are outstanding examples of his fine art. I was already a fan and these only solidify it more so. They are large (12x16) and sturdy prints. Worth way more than the asking price. 5 stars easily.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kindling by James Jean: Fuel for the Flame 11 April 2010
By Yasmine Amber - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an absolutely beautiful book, named after James Jean's 2008 'Kindling' exhibition. The images are fantastical with themes of childhood, dreams and fantasies playing a large part.

A3 in size, it contains 12 prints of some of my favourite James Jean works; 'Ballad' is a beautiful swirling yellow, red and blue piece with mice playing violins and banjos, 'Hide' is a teeming rabbit-warren of cabbage-headed children, 'Swan' is a delicate image of a girl and swans, and his haunting 'Hare', a ghostly grey and red portrait of an eyeless girl with a hare is a stand-out for me. Kindling also includes a gatefold print of 'Toymaker' (which ends up being 24"). Of course, this print then has a fold in the middle, but for the size and the details this then captures it is worth it.

I bought the book with the intention to frame some of the prints (at least half of them I HAVE to have on my wall), and they certainly suit this purpose, all the prints are bordered with white or striking black. However, on opening the book from it's centre tab, I found that the layout of the book as an entire work has had as much thought put into it as the prints themselves. The thread that runs from the cabbage-girl's head to a mantis, praying to a ball of yarn, on opening the book weaves through a maze, watched over by a skipping willow-tree-child. There is text along the inside of the spine pertaining to the thread; the helix thoughts of the girl. The last image is of the mantis greedily crawling over a rotted cabbage skull filled with the red thread. (Yes, James Jean has a vivid imagination and his work is often off-beat and creepy - you have been warned.) On the back of every print is a preparation sketch for the particular work, and you can see sometimes small details that have been changed in the process of developing the art.

A great deal of thought and energy has been put into making this release beautiful and meaningful to artlovers and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who enjoys James Jean's artwork.

Here is a list of the 12 works included:
Maze
Hive
Hide
Fountain 1
Fountain 2
Swan
Willow (Horse)
Toymaker
Shattered
Ballad
Hare
Vanity

You can see all of these works at James Jean's website: [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lovely Prints 29 Nov. 2012
By D. C. Sears - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful prints by one of my favorite artists. I framed several for my bachelor pad. Might be a little creepy to have a transparent, naked, blue boy hanging on my wall, but haters gonna hate. The crease in the middle of the centerfolds is barely noticeable once framed.
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Great prints! 5 July 2012
By Lucky Stripes - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this as a birthday present for my husband, and we both really enjoy it. James Jean is one of our favorite artists, and Kindling allowed us to experience printed versions of his work and to see a wide range of his talent without purchasing a more expensive piece. It's a fun collection as the prints are gorgeous and highly detailed, the packaging was well-thought and beautiful, and for the asking price, it's totally worth it.
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