A West Texas Artist, Fondly Remembered

Oct 5, 2016

A beloved West Texas artist will be remembered this weekend by the West Texas A&M art program. Jim Harter was born in Lubbock in 1941, and later lived in Canyon and attended WT.

Harter went on to thrive in the Austin art community of the late 1960s, where he produced posters for legendary venues such as the Armadillo World Headquarters. Harter then moved to New York City, where his illustrations appeared in publications such as The New York Times.

The artist also lived in France for a number of years, where he studied the oil-painting techniques of the old masters. He was renowned for his vast collection of 19th and early 20th century engravings acquired during his travels throughout Europe and the Americas. Harter died last year in San Antonio. A retrospective will be held on Friday night at Sunset Center in Amarillo.