John Ross Palmer’s
Houston Art Gallery & Studio
1218 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77008
The John Ross Palmer Art Gallery and Studio is open by appointment only and takes reservations seven days a week. Please contact Gallery Owner Ryan Lindsay at [email protected] or 281-224-0968 (Call or Text) to set an appointment for a gallery visit or tour. For commission and art acquisition consultations, is it possible to meet with Houston’s Artist John Ross Palmer after making a reservation through Ryan Lindsay.
Built in the early 1930’s, this charming 1218 Heights Boulevard Houston bungalow has been restored and expanded to include Palmer’s fine art gallery, art studio and his private living quarters. John purchased the Houston home in 2006 and new construction began in early 2008. Builder Terri Robinson with Construction by Design, Inc. worked painstakingly on the project to ensure that the historic bungalow was preserved while the chic nature of modern art would be prominent. The elegant yet functional design was the brainchild of Houston Heights Designer Sam Gianukos with Creole Design.
Highlights of the bungalow include a majestic mosaic tiling by Houston Heights artist Chris Silkwood in the home’s original built-in china cabinet, “clear story” windows which allow both natural light and wall space for Palmer’s artwork and original floors and ceilings. The chic art gallery addition, or “Great Room,” is the modern complement to the historic bungalow. It has a custom hand-stained floor which gives a natural base to the contemporary art space. One of the most beautiful and regal components of the Great Room are the two Founding Collector Walls which etch names of prominent collectors in black granite. Behind the main gallery the complex has a massive, climate-controlled Art Archives for the storage of both sold and currently available paintings. Connected to the Art Archives you’ll find the couple’s private wine cellar as well as Palmer’s Ceramics Room with a personal kiln.
Palmer creates in his upstairs art studio, which is linked to John Ross Palmer and his husband Ryan Lindsay’s “apartment.” The living quarters are spacious and comfortable to permit a relaxing home separate from the business of art. The couple was most honored to have their home featured in the 2009 Houston Heights Association’s Spring Home & Garden Tour.
In 2014, construction was completed on the state-of-the-art “Chrysalis,” the gallery and art studios addition that serves as the epicenter of Palmer’s art movement of Escapism and training ground for the artists accepted into his Escapist Mentorship Program. The empowering, 1,600 sq. ft. structure includes the Franklin Gallery on the lower level and Jennings, Patriarca, and Goehausen Studios on the second story.
After the construction of the Chrysalis, Palmer personally did the landscaping between the buildings that includes a bubbling pond, bamboo forest, and the “Lincoln Garden” (a serene patch of land that features a massive collaborate sculpture of Abraham Lincoln by the famed David Adickes and John Ross Palmer.
In the Summer of 2020, construction on the atrium was completed. The beautiful glass enclosure allows for a climate-controlled connection between the main gallery and the Chrysalis.
To set up a private viewing, please contact Gallery Owner Ryan Lindsay at [email protected] or 281-224-0968 (Call or Text). For commission and art acquisition consultations is it possible to meet with Houston’s Artist John Ross Palmer after speaking with Lindsay to outline and describe your art needs.