Jim Houser’s work is incredibly sparse and deliberate. Colour choices become important as the number of colours used in each piece is severely limited. His approach to his subject is to highlight a super-flatness that is further reinforced by a lack of texture and gradation. In these pieces the dominating turquoise colour creates a coldness and cleaness in a strong and centralized composition.
“I like red and blue and variations of red and blue. That’s the direction it seems to be going. Browns and tans. No more pink. No more orange. No more green. Even my black is just super dark blue or brown. My white has blue or brown in it. Sea water, dog fur, and dried blood. That’s my inspiration.” – Jim Houser
Interview with Jim Houser: http://www.fecalface.com/SF/index.php?Itemid=92&id=852&option=com_content&task=view