Jimmy Jalapeeno, Texas Painter and Photographer, Has Died

by Paula Newton May 23, 2013
Photo by Ave Bonar

Photo by Ave Bonar

Painter and photographer Jimmy Jalapeeno died peacefully yesterday afternoon, surrounded by friends and family.

Born Albert James Bonar in 1947, Jalapeeno was a lifetime Texas resident, where he made art for over 50 years. He was known for both his photography and his painting, notably his incandescent oil paintings of Texas Hill Country scenery. He was also a photographer for the Texas Historical Commission for more than 25 years. Jalapeeno attended the University of Houston from 1964-1966 and received a BFA in painting and photography from the University of Texas in 1969. He attended the University of California at Davis (his only two years away from Texas) where he received an MFA in painting and photography in 1973.

Jalapeeno received two National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships and a public art commission for the Robert Mueller Airport in Austin. His photography and paintings were featured in numerous exhibitions throughout his career, such as Southern Fictions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Fresh Paint at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the 1983 New Orleans Triennial, Jimmy Jalapeeno: New Works at Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, and group and solo shows at d berman gallery, Austin.

Jalapeeno’s friends and family have been posting many photos from his life and long career on his Facebook page, where he is described as a “brilliant artist, trickster, raconteur, lover of kitties, excellent brother, amazing friend, splendid husband and beautiful soul.”



Kimberly Gamble May 23, 2013 - 09:48

I appreciated Jimmy’s calmness & kind nature. There was a sense of peace about him that this world needs more of.

Prayers of condolences for Jimmy’s family & friends. Prayers of gratitude for a man who shared with others a life well lived.

genie May 23, 2013 - 13:52

RIP, will miss.

Sally Blakemore May 26, 2013 - 21:24

I remember the always FAMOUS and INFAMOUS Jimmy Jalapeeno from the University of Texas art school. He was mysterious and his humor, dry and wonderful, always available. He made the old Texas Art Department have a feeling of being relevant and in the “scene.” His art was always surprising as he was.
Rest in peace art soul Jim Bonar! We will always remember you in our art!

Paula Newton May 29, 2013 - 14:55

UPDATE: There will be a memorial service for Jimmy Jalapeeno on Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m., at Eye of the Dog Art Center, 405 Valley View West Road, San Marcos, TX, 78666, 512-754-8171. Maps, directions, etc. can be found at eotdac.com. “Please share the love & car pool. Food and beverage sharing also welcome.”

Belinda Casey May 29, 2013 - 16:45

I feel so lucky to have shared his life since 1988. He was the most amazing person with a truly pure heart. It is a great comfort to see all your comments and love. I will miss him most of all. Tiny also misses him.
We are grateful for Christopher House for letting him be with Tiny until the end.

While I love flowers, they do fade.
Please spread the love to arts organizations like womenprintmakers.com or Eye of the Dog or any arts organization that you wish to support.
loving all of you and your support,

Thank you,


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