Utah artist James C. Christensen dies at age 74

Utah artist James C. Christensen has died at the age of 74 according to family members. (Photo: Facebook / James C. Christensen)

(KUTV) Utah artist James C. Christensen has died at the age of 74, according to his family.

He died Sunday after an ongoing battle with cancer. Christensen is known for his artwork influenced by myths, fables and fantasies.

He was born September 26, 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. Christensen studied painting at Brigham Young University and the University of California at Los Angeles before finishing his degree at BYU.

Christensen won all the professional art awards the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention could offer, as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Arts. He was recognized as one of Utah's Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art. Christensen received the Governor's Award for Art by the Utah Arts Council.

He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazine's Hall of Fame and is an Honored Alumnus at BYU.

In addition to his artwork, Christensen is the author of three books.

He is survived by his wife Carole and their five children.

Christensen's funeral is set for Saturday, January 14.

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