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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. 46
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,600
$ 5,610
No. 69
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,700
$ 1,445
No. 89, Brooch
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 4,200
$ 3,570
No. 44
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,600
$ 5,610
No. 112, My Pants Are Ri...
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,800
$ 4,930
No. 68
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
No. 185 Up For Duck
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,650
$ 2,252.50
No. 16, Borogove
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,000
$ 4,250
No. 120, Beetlejuice
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,600
$ 3,060
No. 42, Borogove
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,000
$ 4,250
No. 127, Whodatwhosaywho...
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 4,700
$ 3,995
No. 19, Borogove
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,000
$ 4,250
No. 142, Boomdeeyeah
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 4,600
$ 3,910
No. 26, Flex
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,200
$ 1,870
No. 29
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,200
$ 1,870
No. 35, Helmet
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 7,500
$ 6,375
No. 84, Bird Brains
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 7,900
$ 6,715
No. 193
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,350
$ 2,847.50
No. 197
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,200
$ 2,720
No. 187
Wood Wall Art
by James Nelson
$ 2,050
$ 1,742.50
No. 191
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,950
$ 3,357.50
No. 181
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,450
$ 1,232.50
No. 192
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,200
$ 2,720
No. 176
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 4,600
$ 3,910
No. 189
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 4,050
$ 3,442.50
No. 166, Prison Zest
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,900
$ 5,865
No 150, Tryem Bothon
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,975
$ 2,528.75
No. 149, Poncho Peench
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,975
$ 2,528.75
No. 145 Clownectomy
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,900
$ 5,015
No. 147 EIEIO
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,800
$ 4,930
No. 148 Dundoodat
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,975
$ 2,528.75
No. 116, Boyoyoing
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,325
$ 4,526.25
No. 59
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,850
$ 1,572.50
No. 117, Porkacheese
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,300
$ 5,355
No. 49
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,200
$ 5,270
No. 141, Reemus
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,975
$ 3,378.75
No. 81
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,000
$ 1,700
No. 124, My Favorite Gas
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 7,200
$ 6,120
No. 37
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
No. 25
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,550
$ 1,317.50
No. 136, Yes We Have No ...
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,925
$ 5,886.25
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No. 143, Gerty Gumbo by James Nelson (Wood Wall Sculpture)
No. 143, Gerty Gumbo
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
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No. 121, Bandersnatch
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,800
$ 5,780
No. 122, Upseedayzium
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,900
$ 3,315
No. 22
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,850
$ 1,572.50
No. 137, Lawrence Welk A...
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,900
$ 5,865
No. 118, Pusquatto
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,900
$ 2,465
No. 123, Let it Go
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,900
$ 2,465
No. 51
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 8,100
$ 6,885
No. 128, Squeezium
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,200
$ 5,270
No. 139, Smackaroni
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,975
$ 2,528.75
No., 135, Edible Utah
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,300
$ 5,355
No. 126
Wood Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,750
$ 1,487.50
No. 125, Big Bug
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,200
$ 4,420
No. 115
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 7,500
$ 6,375
No. 131
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,800
$ 2,380
No. 108
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 4,600
$ 3,910
No. 106
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 3,300
$ 2,805
No. 103
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,900
$ 1,615
No. 96, Switcharoo
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,500
$ 4,675
No. 93, Stingaling
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,500
$ 5,525
No. 87, Flying Nuns
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,500
$ 4,675
No. 53 Modig
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 9,800
$ 8,330
No.60
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,875
$ 1,593.75
No. 67
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,125
$ 1,806.25
No. 36
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,275
$ 1,933.75
No. 70
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,725
$ 1,466.25
No. 45
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 6,600
$ 5,610
No. 76
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,475
$ 2,103.75
No.14 Big Woody
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 10,400
$ 8,840
No. 82
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,875
$ 1,593.75
No.78
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 1,875
$ 1,593.75
No. 17 Borogove
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,150
$ 4,377.50
No. 43 Borogove
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,150
$ 4,377.50
No. 58
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,250
$ 1,912.50
No. 47 Elmer
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 7,500
$ 6,375
No. 13: Borogove
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 5,175
$ 4,398.75
No. 12, Big Woody
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 10,400
$ 8,840
No. 66
Wood Wall Sculpture
by James Nelson
$ 2,650
$ 2,252.50