The first time I saw Jim houser’s work was in some photos in a zine about his first solo show at Space 1026 in philadelphia. He had 101 paintings in the show if i remember correctly and the 101st was the old skate ramp they used to have in the back. He painted a mural on it and kids were skating it. The whole show just looked so good, so FUN. I wanted to have a gallery like that with artists like Jim! Ever since, Houser’s work has been a source of inspiration to Cinders. We have always admired his ability to create installations that seamlessly meld paintings on canvas, murals, framed works, plants, homemade guitars, and soundscapes into one world. We love his use of repeated iconic imagery, a kind of language that he invented, complete with some painted words and clusters of images that form a tapestry of symbols and moments in his life and ours. I’ve always felt like I could relate to Jim’s work because it is undeniably human and sincere. In the often overly academic and serious art world, Jim’s honest take is refreshingly real and continues to be through his evolution. We are excited to have Jim Houser as our Artist of the Month all August!!
We are proud to release a brand new painting every week starting with this one:
original piece made exclusively for our August Artist of the Month feature with Mr Houser, acrylic and collage on panel, 10 x 10″, signed, 2014
Get a closer look here
Look forward to new paintings released every week, an interview, and more as we take this month to celebrate his work!
Jim Houser was born in 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city where he currently resides. He is a self-taught artist and an honorary member of the Philly-based artist collective Space1026. Houser’s installations create a mapping system, cataloguing his psychological states over the course of a particular period of time. His work explores the cadence of speech, science and science fiction, sickness and disease, plants and animals, time travel, ghosts, the art of children, secrets,codes and code breaking, words that sound beautiful and mean something terrible, and words that sound horrible but mean something wonderful. Houser’s collages, paintings and installations have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Brazil. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Recently, Houser released a vinyl record of instrumental music composed to accompany his installations .