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The Artist Ivan Jenson




Artist bio:

Artist/writer/poet Ivan Jenson was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in a family steeped in the arts. A child prodigy, he earned acclaim when, at age nine, he produced his first sculpture that was ultimately featured in the poster for the National Museum of Costa Rica.

Ivan Jenson sculpture

created at age nine


Ivan Jenson sculpture

created at age 13


At the age of twenty Ivan was drawn to the epicenter of the national art scene, NYC, where he began successfully creating and selling his bold-colored paintings on the streets of Times Square and SOHO.

This precocious artist earned immediate praise and recognition from art critics and was featured on several New York City network news broadcasts as well as on the Nippon News in Japan. One night spotted sketching portraits on cocktail napkins by the late founder/Publisher Malcolm Forbes of Forbes Magazine, he was invited to draw portraits of Forbes’ corporate guests aboard the famous “Forbes Highlander” yacht. They became such close friends that Ivan was commissioned to paint what was to be the last portrait of Malcolm Forbes, who would pass away soon thereafter. Absolut Vodka commissioned Ivan to paint an original “Absolut Jenson” for its national advertising campaign and these works were featured full page in Art News, Art in America and Interview magazine. Philip Morris purchased Ivan’s “Marlboro Man” for its corporate collection. Ivan Jenson's paintings have sold at auction at Christie's New York.


Ivan is now also a published novelist and a widely published poet who is enjoying burgeoning critical, commercial, and literary success. His debut novel, Dead Artist, which "delves into the world of New York City and explores issues of art and soul," is published by Hen House Press New York as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook and as a paperback on Amazon. His second novel, Seeing Soriah, “a riveting story of thrills, revenge, obsession, and redemption” is a psychological thriller that is a fast-paced, "thoughtful novel about art, artists, and the world they occupy." Ivan Jenson's new book of poems, "Media Child and Other Poems" will be published by Hen House Press, New York in 2014. Go to the above links to learn more about Ivan Jenson: pop artist icon, published novelist, prolific and widely published poet and screenwriter. And enjoy!




The Diptych "Anything is Possible"

Anything is possible!



Artistic license

I am a self-employed
living from whim to whim
who with half hazard
freely sketches out
the gesture
of those
who pose
for me and
leave hazy
and blurred
the images
of others
who stayed
in motion
I don’t paint
what I see
so much
as leave
like a poet
at the scene
of his rhyme




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