Jimmy Rouse is a well-known Baltimore artist. He attended the Gilman School, followed by Yale University, graduating in 1967 with a B.A. in political science. It was then that he began to pursue his true love: art. Over the years, Jimmy has worked many jobs to support his art habit but is best known as the owner-operator of Louie’s Bookstore Café a very popular combination bookstore, art gallery, live classical music venue, full-service lunch and dinner bar & restaurant from 1981-1998.
Rouse’s oil paintings include still lives, landscapes, portraits, and figures, as well as narrative and allegorical paintings. In clay, he models free-standing figures, portrait heads, and bas-reliefs which he paints.
Rouse states, “For me, art is about reflecting on our miraculous experience living on this planet Earth. Composing a picture is like composing a symphony where every line, form, and color are notes which contribute to the whole. Life is magical and I hope my paintings portray this magic. I feel grateful that I have been able to create and pursue my art over the past 50 years.”