Jimmy Houston



ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a contemporary fine artist and storyteller from Houston, Texas.  Inspired by urban backdrops, Americana and classic cartoons of the 1930’s and 40’s, I have developed a world of characters that excite curiosity and wonder.

I call myself a “Retro-Animation Artist,” blending paint and collage elements into a unique visual language.  My creations blur the boundaries of cartoon and narrative through multifaceted imagery.  Superimposed upon backdrops of hand-scrawled symbols and textured layers, my assortment of characters narrate new fables.  My reoccurring twin apes “Rig and Rex,” tough girl “East” and tin man “Apollos” bring each canvas to life. 

My work is innovative and fresh, yet inviting like the discovery of a long-forgotten cap gun, a frayed comic book or a grandfather’s pocketknife.  Story and emotion indwell every piece.

 

EXHIBITIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS / CV

HCHS ART DEDICATION October 19, 2018

ONE MAN POP UP SHOW May 2018

VOYAGE HOUSTON February 2018  "MEET JIMMY HOUSTON IN NORTHWEST CITY CENTRE"

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER HOUSTON: Houston Texans Teen Club Mural, Novemeber 2016

ART CENTER CORPUS CHRISTI 2016: Guest Speaker, September 2016

AUSTIN ART FESTIVAL 2016: SOLO Exhibitor, April 2016

HUNTING ART PRIZE 2016 FINALIST: January 2016
"Fly Away Home" Submission

HOUSTON FINE ART FAIR 2015: September 2015
 "Pieces of Texas Sculpture" - Lead Artist

ARTEXPO NEW YORK 2015: April 2015  Rig & Rex **US NY TOUR**

KHOU GREAT DAY HOUSTON": February 2015 Artist Spotlight

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: February 2015
2015 Heart Ball - Silent Auction Donor "Have a Heart" 

MUIR FINE ART GALLERY: January 2015
Jimmy Houston & Simon Bull Exhibitors

HUNTING ART PRIZE 2015 FINALIST: January 2015
"Trailblazer" Submission

MUIR FINE ART GALLERY - A Small World Event 

HUNTING ART PRIZE 2014
"Tellin' Tales" Submission

002 HOUSTON MAGAZINE: January 2014
New Editions Cover Winner - "Chirp" submission

HUNTING ART PRIZE 2013 FINALIST: May 2013
"Ramshackle" Submission

MUIR FINE ART GALLERY  
Solo show “Rig, Rex and Friends” :  Feb. 15th 2013

AIMelenoma BENEFIT AUCTION at White Salon: Aug. 15 2012

ARCHWAY GALLERY 4th Annual Juried Exhibition: July 7 – Aug. 1 2012
Honorable Mention

EAST END GALLERY Summer Select Show: June 15 – June 29th 2012

HUNTING ART PRIZE 2012 Finalist: April 2012
"Big Tex" Submission

JOMAR VISIONS at Hardy and Nance Studios: Apr. 21, 2012
Spring Show

HOUSTON ART AND CULTURE SCHOLARSHIP
Betz Gallery Juried competition 3rd place: Feb. 2012

ART INSTITUTE OF HOUSTON NORTH
“Shenanigans!” solo show: Feb. 1 – Mar. 3, 2012

HOUSTON ART CRAWL 2011 show: Nov. 19, 2011

LAWNDALE ART CENTER Dia de los Muertos: Oct. 21, 2011
Silent Auction

ONE MAN SHOW ZEN art space: Oct. 1, 2011
“Monkey Men in Tin Town”

ELDER ST. GALLERY “The ONE Show”: July 9, 2011

LAWNDALE ART CENTER “The Big Show”: July 1-30, 2011
juried exhibition

Three shows at HEIGHTS ART STUDIOS & GALLERY: Apr. 2011 - Dec. 2011

Eight shows at ZEN art space: Dec. 2010 – Dec. 2011

HOUSTON ART CRAWL: Nov. 2010

HUNTING ART PRIZE 2011 Finalist: May 2011
"Goodbye Adios Bon Voyage" Submission