The surrealistic works of American artist Jim Otis celebrate the creative process, both experimenting with and exploring familiar concepts and images in new and different ways. Places he has been, people he has known, experiences he has undergone are all translated through art and infused with new layers of meaning. Otis’s compositions are edgy and unexpected, and he uses color effectively to draw the viewer’s eye into his world. Here, they are invited to become immersed in the sensual elements of the painting, which help the viewer to feel what the artist has seen and captured. Above all, Otis hopes that his paintings evoke a new perception and perspective in the viewer, to aid them in looking beyond the familiar to see “what is always there.” As Otis explains: “My work is not merely to decorate a wall; rather to absorb the viewer in visual phenomena, and [the ability to] view with a gaze of vernal openness, to look with new eyes.”
Jim Otis currently lives and works in Aptos, California, on Monterey Bay.