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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. 395 Odd Eye
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,975
$ 1,678.75
No. 375 Don't Know
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,725
$ 1,466.25
No. 373 Kings Aerial
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,675
$ 1,423.75
No. 397 Volcano 2
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,250
$ 1,912.50
No. 371 Suctions
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,725
$ 1,466.25
No. 370 Sections
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,375
$ 1,168.75
No. 374 Mixed Bags
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,975
$ 1,678.75
No. 366 Wormy
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,075
$ 1,763.75
No. 392 Volcano
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,150
$ 1,827.50
No. 372 Trees 3
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,525
$ 1,296.25
No. 389 Intersections
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,325
$ 1,126.25
No. 376 Smoke Signals
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,625
$ 1,381.25
No. 378 Connect Dots
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,175
$ 998.75
No. 377 Tearadactyl
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,625
$ 1,381.25
No. 383 Curly with 2 Groucho's
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,375
$ 1,168.75
No. 400 One Bump, Three Hills
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,850
$ 1,572.50
No. 396 Tall Gap
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,950
$ 2,507.50
No. 401 Five Bumps
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,850
$ 1,572.50
No. 165 Dragons
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,550
$ 2,167.50
No. 398 Long Gap
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,176
$ 1,849.60
No. 402 Three Bumps
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,126
$ 957.10
No. 399 Waterfall
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,975
$ 1,678.75
No. 331
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,125
$ 956.25
No. 340
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,100
$ 935
No. 327
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
No. 329
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,030
$ 875.50
No. 326
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,175
$ 998.75
No. 325
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,925
$ 1,636.25
No. 345
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,375
$ 1,168.75
No. 314
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,675
$ 1,423.75
No. 319
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,350
$ 1,997.50
No. 316
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,725
$ 1,466.25
No. 309
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 800
$ 680
No. 148
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,075
$ 1,763.75
No. 51
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 5,950
$ 5,057.50
No. 123, Let it Go
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 4,175
$ 3,548.75
No. 135, Edible Utah
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 3,750
$ 3,187.50
No. 116
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,975
$ 2,528.75