Jim Warren (born November 24, 1949) is a U.S. artist known for audio album and book cover artwork. He has worked in surrealistic fantasy since about 1969. A self-taught artist, Jim uses traditional oil paint and brushes on stretched canvas.
He was born in Long Beach, California to Don and Betty Warren and began painting as a child. His choice of an artistic career path was made in high school.
In 1981, his work came to national attention when his cover illustration for Bob Seger's Against the Wind won Capitol Record's Art Director, Roy Kohara a Grammy Award for Best Album Package. Beginning in 1985, he illustrated over two hundred book covers for such authors as Arthur C. Clarke, Robin Cook and Clive Barker. He also produced album cover illustrations for Prince and Alice Cooper, and movie posters for Phantasm, Night of the Living Dead (the remake) Waxworks, and others. His work was also featured on numerous magazine covers such as Twilight Zone and Heavy Metal Magazine
His 1990 painting, Earth...Love It or Lose It, was featured on posters, magazines, billboards, and t-shirts, became an iconic visual representation for the global environmental movement.
He has collaborated on paintings with marine life artist Wyland.
His first book, The Art of Jim Warren: An American Original, was published in 1997. His second book, Painted Worlds, was released in 2002. His newest book will be released in late 2009.