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James Nelson

J.A. Nelson Gallery

"Being fully engaged in a joyful creative process is as close as I can get to enlightenment."

Jim Nelson works out of his home/studio in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. He mixes elements of abstract painting with low relief wood carving to create truly unique expressions of beauty. The wall sculpture/paintings have no top or bottom... that decision is left to the viewer/buyer. The substantial nature of his work is achieved by using solid wood with all edges painted and finished so as to include their depth as an added design element.

When creating his smaller works, Jim Nelson builds the wooden pieces of each 'puzzle' individually-- shaping, carving, sanding, painting, staining, and waxing them from 1 1/2" thick wooden slabs of various species. When enough of the 'puzzle' pieces are finished, the artist arranges them in compositions of 3 or more pieces on his studio floor. The selection and arrangement process is intense and fun. Combining textures, patterns, and colors in unexpected and often competing groupings is a crucial and final part of this creative process.

Jim Nelson received a B.F.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University majoring in Painting and Drawing at both schools. He has combined his affinity for the two-dimensional painted surface with a love of wood. New carved textures and patterns as well as painting and staining techniques present themselves through constant experimentation.

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No. 29
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,200
No. 46
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 6,600
No. 19, Borogove
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,000
No. 44
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 6,600
No. 35, Helmet
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 7,500
No. 16, Borogove
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,000
No. 42, Borogove
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,000
No. 26, Flex
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,200
No. 69
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,700
No. 68
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,800
No. 55
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,600
No. 89, Brooch
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 4,200
No. 127,...
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 4,700
No. 181
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,450
No. 193
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 3,350
No. 187
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,050
No. 197
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 3,100
No. 189
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 4,050
No. 176
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 4,600
No. 192
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 3,200
No. 172, Hose B
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,250
No. 191
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 3,950
No. 168
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,950
No. 148 Dundoodat
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,975
No. 147 EIEIO
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,800
No. 25
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,550
No. 51
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 8,100
No. 37
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,400
No. 81
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,000
No. 49
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 6,200
No. 59
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,850
No. 22
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,850
No. 141, Reemus
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 3,975
No. 126
Wood Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,750
No. 125, Big Bug
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,200
No. 131
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,800
No. 115
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 7,500
No. 103
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,900
No. 106
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 3,300
No. 108
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 4,600
No.78
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,875
No. 82
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,875
No. 45
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 6,600
No.14 Big Woody
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 10,400
No. 53 Modig
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 9,800
No. 76
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,475
No. 36
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,275
No. 70
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,500
No. 67
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,125
No.60
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 1,875
No. 47 Elmer
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 7,500
No. 43 Borogove
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,150
No. 17 Borogove
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,150
No. 58
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,250
No. 13: Borogove
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 5,175
No. 66
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,500
No. 12, Big Woody
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 10,400