Jim Love

(American, 1927-2005)

Landscape with Blue Trees, 1982-1983

Steel pipe and plate, bronze hat and feet; 216 x 408 inches

Texas artist Jim Love entered his art career sideways. After receiving his BBA from Baylor University, Love’s friend Roy Fridge led him to the world of theatre set design. Later Love would begin a career in sculpture as an urban archeologist, scouring junkyards and giving new life to found objects and discarded materials into sculptural assemblages that he called “put togethers.” As his art career progressed, he employed more sophisticated materials, but his eye for perfection and details made his transition to cold steel unique. Maintaining the playful spirit of his “put togethers,” Love eventually transformed steel into soft and warm works of art. A game changer in terms of contemporary Texas artist, Love is remembered as one of the modernist rebels of the early 1950s. Many of Jim Love’s works, including “Landscape with Blue Trees”, take on a deeper psychological and emotional approach to create surrealistic imagery. His whimsical characters provide the viewer a momentary relief from reality, while the poignant labels serve as a remembrance of man’s predicament. In this work the two trees of undetermined variety exemplify Love’s constructivist techniques, and the critter of rare humorous species proves his whimsical humor. This is only one of Love’s public works; in Houston, other outdoor pieces can be found at Hobby Airport (“Call Ernie”, 1985) and at Hermann Park (“Portable Trojan Bear”, 1984).


University of Houston
Cullen College of Engineering Courtyard