John Ross Palmer
|John Ross Palmer|
January 10, 1974 |
|Known for||Founder of Escapism art movement|
|John Palmer Art|
John Ross Palmer is an American artist based in Houston, Texas. He is the author of numerous books. In 2010, the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston named Palmer “Artist of the Year.” In the same year, he was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize.
John Ross Palmer is a fifth-generation Texan, a third-generation Houstonian, and the fourth of five children to Ada and Gene Palmer. He worked in a variety of occupations, from landscaper to bartender, until his father’s death in 1998 when he began focusing on art.
In 2001, he studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy. In 2003, he studied with Robert Venosa in Cadaques, Spain. In 2004, Palmer worked in art in Austria with Philip Rubinov-Jacobson and in 2005, he studied printmaking in Greece.
John Ross Palmer began his art career in 1998 and his work has since appeared in a variety of publications, galleries, and special collections. His work is featured in the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, the Jung Center, the John Ross Palmer Fine Art Gallery, and his murals are displayed in Tony Vallone's restaurants in Houston. In 2012 and 2013, John Ross Palmer Fine Art Gallery participated in the LA Art Show.
In 2009, Palmer began the Escapist Mentorship Program, a no-fee program created as a way for artists to meet, and to learn about Escapism and the business of art from Palmer himself, the group’s leader. The program was “designed to defeat the idea that artists must struggle by giving them business knowledge. [It] focuses on self-promotion, business tools and setting high expectations for artists.”
Palmer is also the author of six books, including Escapism (2004), a book about the Escapist movement in art with which he is associated.
In 2014, the Leadership Houston Class organization featured artwork by local artists at Houston METRO bus stops. Palmer was one of the four artists selected to have their artwork displayed for the project.
In January 2015, Palmer's Houston art gallery received corporate sponsorship through Griffin Realty and Associates. His art is in various private collections, including the Dalai Lama, Frances Fitzgeraldand and former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
In 2013, Palmer hosted “fine arts day for children and teens” in association with the My Legacy Foundation. Also in 2013, John Palmer Art chose the Houston-based charity Writers in the Schools as its charity of the year. He started the "Refuse to Struggle" campaign to fund the gallery and studios for the Escapist Mentorship Program.
Awards and recognition
In 2010, the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston named Palmer “Artist of the Year.” In the same year, he was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize. In 2012 and 2013, abOut Magazine awarded Palmer the F.A.C.E. Award for the LGBT community’s most influential artist. In November 2014, he was recognized with the Greater Houston Service Award for volunteering to help artists though his Escapist Mentorship Program.
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