Inside the Studio: Jim Harris (Japan)

Jim Harris in his Tokyo studio.

Favorite material to work with?
Oil paint on Wood.

What themes do you pursue?
Free improvisation, Urban skylines, Ancient UFOs, No Wave and Jazz LP covers which utilize heavy half tones.

Some of Jim’s works in progress.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Paint everyday.

Where is your studio?
Third floor of my house – Tokyo, Japan.


Jim at work in his studio.

Art school or self-taught?
Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. I highly recommend it.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
Music. Mostly Jazz and punk.  Miles Davis, Sonny Criss and Eric Dolphy really inspire me to make art.

Jim’s sketches.

What’s around the corner from your place?
Mini Stop and a bunch of Cabbage fields.

Where can we find you outside of the studio?
At a Shinto Shrine or Buddhist Temple.


If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
Play and record music – I play guitar and and some analog synth stuff, mostly instrumental noise.

Favorite contemporary artist?
Gareth Sansom.

What do you collect?
Music CDs. Anything by Wong Faye or Kaji Meiko.



If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Memoria in Aeternum by Hans Hofmann.

Who are your favorite writers?
Mike Davis (Ecology of Fear), Charles Bukowski – I prefer his novels over his poems, Tu Fu and all the other Tang Poets.

Use anything other than paint?
Ink, charcoal.


“Denn die Welt, wie sie war, ist die Welt, die wir kriegen”.

Is painting dead?
No, it’s alive more than ever. The internet has given artists world wide exposure.

Favorite brush?
Anything from the hardware store.

Palette knifes?

Monet or Manet?


“New Earth 10”


  1. Jim, I’ve been a big fan of your work for a long time, now. Congratulations on the interview. You’re art looks great, as always!

  2. Diane Green says:

    Hi Jim,
    I’m really drawn to the way you play with your color, from transparent to opaque and from crisp edge to soft. you have both the lessons of the colorists without forsaking drama.

  3. JIEUN PARK says:

    Jim, Congratulations! great.!

  4. Wonderful and evocative abstracts. I really like the way Jim uses colours and textures so effectively.

  5. Jim Harris says:

    Thank you all for the nice comments. FYI the interview is not mine.

  6. This isn’t your interview?

  7. Tim Bailey says:

    Congrats Jim.
    Glad your hard work has paid off.

  8. Niki Hare says:

    congrats Jim, great revision ;-)) and awesome work!

  9. Ieva Baklane says:

    Congrats,Jim! I’m a big fan of Your art!

  10. You are one of my favorite painters!!! Love the way you play with colors and geometry. Always inspiring!! Congratulations!

  11. Paul Nolan says:

    I think so too, all of the above appreciative comments. I lived in Tokyo for over 10 years and I can see the architecture both formal and the kind of makeshift buildings are there as well if I’m not reading too much in. I really like your work. also the jazz. And hard edges are balanced by the way you use color transitions. cool in the best sense of the word? Power on.

  12. Vladimir says:

    Congrats Jim! Love your works man!!!

  13. Elizabeth Nagle says:

    Hi Jim
    Very inspiring. Love you work! Congrats!

  14. おめでとう!がんばって!I like your work very much.

  15. Hi Jim,
    Very good works!

  16. Maire Ni Mhearain says:

    Agree with all the above comments, gorgeous work, but would like to add that I absolutely love your sketchbook pages.

  17. I agree with all coments above. Congratulations.

  18. Galen Cheney says:

    Nice work, Jim. Congratulations.

  19. Trixie Pitts says:

    Hi Jim,
    Yes, I agree with the above and also really like your sketches. Kind regards, Trixie

  20. ella says:

    I really love your painting. For me, it really stands out from the crowd. I really love the colour/composition/shape/texture/mood of the paintings. Also really interesting to see the drawings too. I wish you every success :-)


  21. Jim Harris says:

    Thank you for all the above comments.


  22. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next write ups thanks once again.

  23. Natasja Bischoff says:

    So good to see you, the work and the studio all in one go. Beautiful as always.

  24. Jim Harris says:

    Thank you Natasja!


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