Jim Harter: Biography

Born on Oct. 2, 1941, in Lubbock, Texas, Jim Harter was largely self-taught
as an artist. From 1969-72 he played a small part in creating posters for
Austin's legendary rock venues, the Vulcan Gas Company and Armadillo
World Headquarters. Influenced by San Francisco collage artist Wilfried
Satty, Harter turned to making surrealist collages from 19th century
engravings. In 1976 he moved to New York, becoming a freelance
illustrator, and editor of clip-art books for Dover, and later for other
publications. Since then two books of his collages, Journeys in the Mythic
Seaand Initiations in the Abysshave been published, as well as two railroad
history books illustrated entirely with Victorian engravings. In 1984, he
began painting using an old-master technique. This work was influenced by
his earlier collages, but also owed something to Symbolism, Surrealism,
Fantastic Realism, and an exposure to Eastern Philosophy. During the early
1980s Harter became friends with Jean Letschert, a Belgian visionary
painter and former student of Rene Magritte. He also met members of
Holland's Metarealist group, and fantastic realist painters in New York.
In 1986 Harter moved to San Antonio, Texas where he remains today. In the
last two years he has returned to his collage work, digitally colorizing a
number of his creations.