DescriptionEscapism No. 11 by artist John Ross Palmer is a prime example of the artist's signature style of abstract work, Escapism. Escapism is not only Palmer's primary art style but also the name of his art movement that is dedicated to forever destroying the stereotype of the struggling artist.
John Ross Palmer, Houston, Texas Member Since February 2011 Artist Statement John Ross Palmer was born in Houston, Texas in 1974. He is a third generation Houstonian and a fifth generation Texan. After a diverse array of early careers including a successful Greater Houston Area landscaping business, Palmer began painting full time after the unexpected and tragic loss of his father in 1998. Since then, after humble roots of showing art at Houston-area bars and restaurants, Palmer’s career has taken a meteoric rise to an international level. In 2009, his artwork was showcased at Art Chicago, Art Toronto and the Red Dot Fair during Miami’s Art Basel week. He has self-published three books: Deliverance and More than Words (2003), Escapism (2004) and Seven Years (2005). His critically acclaimed fourth book, The Art of Meaningful Living (2009) with author Christopher Brown, after making its debut at the Book Expo America in New York in May 2009, is now available in bookstores nationwide. Palmer’s studies under master painters have taken him to all corners of the globe, including: Barcelona, Florence, Buenos Aires, Skopelos Island (Greece), Vienna, Cape Town, Tokyo and most recently Berlin.
John Palmer’s art accolades are extensive. He has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Modern Luxury Magazine, Houston Lifestyle’s Magazine, Paper City Magazine, Prime Living Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine and OutSmart Magazine. The Bayou City Arts Festival, ArtCetera, Art4Life, Via Colori, the Periwinkle Foundation, Art with Heart and Houston Heights Association have all named him as their Featured Artist. For 2010, the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston has named Palmer as its Artist of the Year. For his dedication to the Space City, the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau selected John Palmer as a member of the My Houston Campaign along with a small group of notable Houstonians including Beyonce Knowles, Clay Walker, Hilary Duff, George Foreman and George & Barbara Bush. John Palmer’s online presence is colossal. His Facebook Page, John Ross Palmer, as well as his Twitter page, John Palmer Art, have followers in the thousands. The John Palmer Art Blog, updated daily with humorous, inspiring and personal anecdotes from the whirlwind life of John Palmer, has hundreds of loyal visitors every day.
Palmer’s beautiful, chic and unique 4,500 sq. ft. Houston, Texas gallery primarily showcases his own amazing abstract pieces in addition to a small number of local emerging artists that he coaches and mentors, collectively known as the Escapists. Palmer’s art movement, known as Escapism, not only refers to his one-of-a-kind abstract genius but also to the positive belief system that through hard work, ingenuity and devotion the stereotype of a struggling artist can be shattered. For John Palmer and his collectors, art is healing.