Jim Houser artist portrait

Jim Houser

United States 1973

Installation, Sculpture, Painting, Collage


Jim Houser
Jim Houser
United States
June 1, 2017
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Best known for his works in installations, painting, sculpture and collage, Jim Houser is an American self-taught artist and one of the original members of a group Space1026. Houser was born in Philadelphia in 1973. His art explores words and the semantics of them; he tries to delve into specific sound arrangements, and the meanings these words bare, both the denotation and connotation. Through Jim’s art, we can observe the intricate relationships of the elements of his paintings, through his artistic language that emerges.

Jim Houser paintings
Jim Houser – Flakes, 2012 (Left) / A Scene Or A Spot, 2015 (Right)

Installation Work

When it comes to his installations, Houser uses them as his own thought-tracking and recording process. They explore a variety of themes, like the truthfulness of speech, science fiction, illness, flora and fauna, music and the process of creating music. The artist manages to fuse together his personal iconography and visual poetry, including the topic of art-making as well. Throughout his art, Houser accentuates the importance of art to him, and how it has become an integral part of his life.

Houser uses his installations as his own thought-tracking and recording process

The Art of Collage

Jim’s collages serve as a sort of medium for expressing is most private thoughts and feelings. He does this through his signature icons and pictures, a mix of geometric shapes, stylized figures and self-made typography. When put together, the elements of Houser’s collages reveal an extraordinary complexity and interconnectivity, becoming a whole, and conveying the message on a broader scale.

The elements of Houser’s collages reveal an extraordinary complexity and interconnectivity

Collage works by Jim Houser
Jim Houser – Old Books, 2015 (Left) / Kinds of Knots, 2015 (Right)


Houser’s artwork has been displayed worldwide, at different venues in the US, Brazil, Australia and Europe. Some of the more notable exhibitions include We’ll Make a Lover of You, a 2006 group show organized by ArtCenter of South Florida in Miami; a 2008 dual exhibition titled Awful Mountain, which Jim did in collaboration with Richard Colman in San Francisco; and Search Party, a 2013 solo show, organized and held at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. Jim’s work is a part of Philadelphia Museum of Art collection, and the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art collection.

Jim Houser resides and creates in Philadelphia, US.

Featured image: Jim Houser in his studio
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017AND YET NOT YET - works by Jim Houser and Adam WallacavageParadigm Gallery + Studio, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaGroup
2016Welcome to New JerseyJonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City, NJGroup
2016Strange PowersGastman, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2016Folk Like Us: Ben Venom, Dennis McNett, Souther Salazar, and Jim HouserJonathan LeVine Projects, New York, NYGroup
2015Jim Houser and Isaac Tin Wei Lin - joint exhibitionBlack Book gallery, Denver, Colorado Group
2015LAX - LHRStolenSpace Gallery, London, UKGroup
2015Oh, The Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the PastJonathan LeVine Projects, New York, NYGroup
2014All That We See or Seem...Vertical Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2014Night Got Quiet – Not Quite LightFecal Face Dot Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2014A Postion On A MAPGalleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, ItalySolo
2013Search PartyJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012AS Quiet As Its KeptLeBasse Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2011VOLTA-NY 2011Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011Houser, Hecox, FaireyBlack Book, Denver, COGroup
2010The HomebodySubliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010The Pregnant PauseMonster Children Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2010URBAN ALCHEMISTSJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Things That Make Whole (with Ben Woodward)Blackbook Gallery. Denver, CODuo
2010Five Year Anniversary ShowJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009Make Room For The EmptinessJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2009The Tip of the SwordGaleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, ItalySolo
2009AmericanaChoque Cultural Gallery, São Paulo, BrazilGroup
2009In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz FactorLaguna Art Museum. Laguna Beach, CAGroup
2008Created by MoonlightColette Galerie, Paris, FranceSolo
2008Mere InchesMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008Hard LeftMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Awful Mountain (with Richard Colman)White Walls, San Francisco, CADuo
2007asobviousasaskullJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2007This Beating Heart Acts as a TimerPainted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PASolo
2007Decade: 10th Anniversary ExhibitionMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006This Place is Ours NowMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2006We’ll Make a Lover of YouArtCenter of South Florida, Miami, FLGroup
2005systemsanderrorsJonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005BabelSpector Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2005Graffiti Art Auction: Benefit for Tsunami VictimsAsian Arts Initiative. Philadelphia, PAGroup
2005The Drama Presents: A to ZNew Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2004If I Ever DieSubliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Delinquent BoysPlush Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2004Philadelphia and FriendsSpace 237, Toledo, OHGroup
2004By the People for the PeopleTransport Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2004Three Minutes of HappinessSelective Hearing Gallery, San Diego, CAGroup
2004Tree Trimming: The Ornament ShowTrack 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2004Nook and CrannyNew Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CAGroup
2004The Great (Re)Masters ShowSpector Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2004The Lifers55DSL, New York, NYGroup
2001Paint and DestroySpector Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2000Gaper DelaySpector Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1999EarthmanSpector Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1998Jim HouserSpace 1026, Philadelphia, PASolo

A Good Place
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A Good Place , 2016Jim Houser24 x 24 Inch Mixed Media
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