Brooklyn based James Yang was born and raised in Oklahoma. James graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts and Design.
Within a few years of entering the illustration marketplace, prestigious trade publications began to show or feature his work: Communication Arts Design & Illustration Annuals, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, HOW, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Step x Step, and The Art Directors Club of New York Annual. Since 1983, James has won over 200 awards for design and illustration, including best of show in 2010 from 3×3.
Top publishers and clients using his style include (a partial list) : Amnesty International, Arab-American Bank, The World Bank, Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster, Bankers Trust, Bloomberg Magazine, BusinessWeek, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, Forbes, Fortune, HarperCollins, Herman Miller,L.A. Times, Major League Baseball, Microsoft, Money Magazine, NATO, Nabisco, Newsweek, New York Times, The Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, Showtime Inc, Smithsonian Institution, Sony Records, Sports Illustrated, Golf World Magazine, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Mr. Yang most recently taught at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has also taught and lectured at School of Visual Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, The Corcoran School of Art, and The University of Maryland. He continues to be in constant demand as a guest lecturer around the world.
In 2004, his first authored/ illustrated children’s book, “Joey and Jet” was released to critical acclaim. His second book, “Joey and Jet in Space” was released in June 2006. His most recent book, “Puzzlehead was released in Spring 2009.
The Impolite Gentlemen, a web comic debuted in 2014 and also appears in Golf Digest Magazine.
James is currently an executive board member for ICON, a biannual international illustration conference.