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Jimmy Houston


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Jimmy  Houston
Biography:

Jimmy is managed by CJL Media Arts Group and represented by Muir Fine Art Gallery 

To learn more about Jimmy, visit his website 

Jimmy Houston was born and raised in Houston, Texas. At the University of Texas, he studied film and animation and graduated with a degree in Radio TV Film. Jimmy Houston is a ‘Retro Animation Artist’, who re-evokes the ‘Baby Boomer’ era with deft strokes and colorful characters. At his core, he is storyteller, who takes the observer back to simpler, happy times. Jimmy created two characters, which are central to his brand, “Rig and Rex.” These reoccurring twin primates represent the two sides of Jimmy Houston and in every man: classically suited up, yet ready to rumble; strong and confident; yet sensitive to their friends and the world around them. Jimmy’s characters come alive on the canvas replete with every emotion, uncovering a world of wonderment and imagination ~ a veritable treasure hunt on canvas. Jimmy’s art is unique in that it bears signature to the old Hollywood animators, but it translates into fine art, with his many characters sculpted onto the canvas and fixed in the viewers mind. His work is ageless, timeless and brings back the joy and innocence that lies within us all.

As evidence of his popularity, Jimmy Houston was selected as a finalist in the 2009, 2012 and 2015 Hunting Art Prize competition. This prestigious annual competition is sponsored by the international oil services company, Hunting PLC and open to exceptional Texas-based artists. In February 2015, KHOU “Great Day Houston” interviewed him. Says hostess, Deborah Duncan “I love Jimmy Houston. His artwork makes me smile.”

Commissions initially came from friends and business owners. However, since partnering exclusively with Muir Fine Art Gallery in 2013, the demand for Jimmy Houston’s artwork is at an all time high and originals get scooped up within days of their release. In 2014, Jimmy signed with CJL Media Arts Group to manage his growing international popularity in Norway, Canada, Mexico and Argentina. His artwork is now published and available as limited edition hand-highlighted giclees, which enable both first-time and seasoned art collectors alike, the ability to acquire his artwork. CJL Media Art Group owners, CJ Alvarez and John Muir Lockhart say of Jimmy, “We see Jimmy’s talent reaching the likes of Seth McFarland (“Family Guy”) and Sam Simon (“The Simpsons”). His fine art can easily translate into animated films and graphic novels, which chronicle the adventures of Rig, Rex & their friends.  Jimmy’s humble charm, solid work ethic, coupled with his extraordinary talent and appeal are the ingredients for his success.”

In April 2015, Jimmy Houston’s artwork will be introduced to the world at New York Art Expo, a world- renowned annual exhibition of the best art gallerists and artists from around the world.

Artists Statement

“I seek to tell stories through my paintings that evoke satire, imagination and a collective nostalgia.  My cartoon characters serve as guides to a forgotten existence, often poking fun at the rebellious kid in all of us.  The ramshackle world of my pieces strives to remind the viewer of the fearlessness of adolescence.  My paintings seek to reveal the wonder of things discovered.

I want to unite the past and present by redefinition.  It is fresh and new, yet as inviting as a long forgotten cap gun, a frayed comic book or a grandfather’s pocketknife. I count it a great blessing to be able to interpret and render the images of my imagination. As I continue my journey, my heart and vision remain with storytelling. “

Exhibitions & Achievements 

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

CALVIN 2.0 VIMEO: December 2014
Painting of world-renowned DJ Calvin Harris in the future
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MUIR FINE ART GALLERY - A Small World Event 
TWOMENT Unveiling: June 2014

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

HUNTING ART PRIZE 2013 FINALIST:  May 5th  2013

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: Apr. 2012

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

HOUSTON ART AND CULUTRE 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 2009 Finalist: 2009

                     

 

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Associated News
THE BUZZ MAGAZINES: The Journey of the Apes: An Artist’s View on Adventure
November 7, 2018
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At Dressed to Kilt, Honoree Mattress Mack Walked the Runway
April 10, 2018
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VOYAGE HOUSTON: "Meet Jimmy Houston in Northwest in CityCentre
February 28, 2018
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Jimmy Houston, Retro-Animation Artist Named as a Finalist in the Prestigious 2016 Hunting Art Prize Competition
February 26, 2016
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Jimmy Houston named as a lead artist for Pieces of Texas Project
July 30, 2015
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Associated Exhibitions
Jimmy Houston
New Beginnings - 002 Houston Magazine Cover Winner
January 1 - January 31, 2014
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Jimmy Houston
Rig & Rex
January 1 - January 31, 2013
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