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. 340
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,200
No. 331
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,125
No. 329
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,125
No. 327
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,650
No. 333
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,100
No. 339
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,400
No. 335
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 700
No. 336
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 700
No. 313
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,425
No. 326
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,175
No.332
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,650
No. 338
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,350
No. 325
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,925
No. 328
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,775
No. 324
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,675
No. 342
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,025
No. 345
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,375
No. 343
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 875
No. 348
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,075
No. 344
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,650
No. 349
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,275
No. 316
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,725
No. 322
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,300
No. 323
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,798
No. 315
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,650
No. 320
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,575
No. 314
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,675
No. 319
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,350
No. 318
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,700
No. 317
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,775
No. 302
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,850
No. 308
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,050
No. 303
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,275
No. 309
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 800
No. 307
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,000
No. 304
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,650
No. 301
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,200
No. 306
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,475
No. 300
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,900
No. 185, Up For Duck
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,275
No. 176
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,075
No. 187
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,650
No.166
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,975
No 150, Tryem Bothon
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,100
No. 149
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,250
No. 148
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,075
No. 147, EIEIO
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,775
No. 145, Clownectomy
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,250
No. 135, Edible Utah
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,750
No. 128
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,650
No. 51
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 5,950
No. 137
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,900
No. 124
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 7,400
No. 122,
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,825
No. 141
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,125
No. 123, Let it Go
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 4,175
No. 118
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,400
No. 116
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,975
No. 131
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,800
No. 115
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 5,400
No. 108
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,550
No. 106
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,050
No. 87
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 4,575
No. 93
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 7,650
No. 45
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 6,050
No. 60
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,250
No. 82
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,025
No. 36
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,400
No. 14
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 11,700
No. 47, Elmer
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 4,025
No. 13
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,950