Jun Cen's pastel illustrations experiment with the everyday and the mythical

Date
24 July 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

There’s a wonderful serenity and peace to Chinese illustrator Jun Cen’s work, as washed-out pastels waft and simple shapes sweep across the page. Currently working in New York, his illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Nobrow, and ELLE MEN China. Jun’s diverse client list means his portfolio is a mix of everyday scenes and figures, combined with grander, more mythical imagery. It’s this ethereal work that I’m drawn to more as Jun interprets the world in his own way, giving lightness and delicacy to heavy sumo wrestlers and Grecian fighters.

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Jun Cen: Wissen Greece Issue

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Jun Cen: The Boston Globe

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Jun Cen: Wissen Greece Issue

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Jun Cen: The Boston Globe

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Jun Cen: ELLE MEN China

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Jun Cen: Wissen Greece Issue

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Jun Cen: The San Francisco Chronicle

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Jun Cen: Grantland

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Jun Cen: PLANSPONSOR

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Jun Cen: Grantland

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Rebecca Fulleylove

Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.

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