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. 324
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,675
$ 1,423.75
No. 349
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,275
$ 1,933.75
No. 342
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,025
$ 1,721.25
No. 345
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,375
$ 1,168.75
No. 343
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 875
$ 743.75
No. 348
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,075
$ 1,763.75
No. 344
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,650
$ 2,252.50
No. 318
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,700
$ 1,445
No. 314
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,675
$ 1,423.75
No. 319
Wood Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,350
$ 1,997.50
No. 322
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,300
$ 1,955
No. 315
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,650
$ 1,402.50
No. 317
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,775
$ 1,508.75
No. 320
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,575
$ 1,338.75
No. 323
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,798
$ 1,528.30
No. 316
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,725
$ 1,466.25
No. 308
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,050
$ 1,742.50
No. 309
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 800
$ 680
No. 300
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,900
$ 2,465
No. 306
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,475
$ 1,253.75
No. 307
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,000
$ 2,550
No. 304
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,650
$ 2,252.50
No. 303
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,275
$ 1,933.75
No. 302
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,850
$ 1,572.50
No. 301
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,200
$ 1,870
No. 185, Up For Duck
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,275
$ 1,933.75
No.166
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,975
$ 1,678.75
No. 176
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 3,075
$ 2,613.75
No. 187
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,650
$ 2,252.50
No 150, Tryem Bothon
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,100
$ 1,785
No. 149
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,250
$ 1,912.50
No. 147, EIEIO
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,775
$ 2,358.75
No. 148
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,075
$ 1,763.75
No. 145, Clownectomy
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 3,250
$ 2,762.50
No. 124
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 7,400
$ 6,290
No. 136, Yes We Have No Bananas
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 4,150
$ 3,527.50
No. 122, Upseedayzium
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,825
$ 3,251.25
No. 125, Big Bug
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 5,625
$ 4,781.25
No. 137
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,900
$ 1,615
No. 121, Bandersnatch
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 6,225
$ 5,291.25
No. 123, Let it Go
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 4,175
$ 3,548.75
No. 128
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,650
$ 3,102.50
No. 116, Boyoyoing
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,975
$ 2,528.75
No. 118, Pusquatto
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,400
$ 2,040
No. 135, Edible Utah
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 3,750
$ 3,187.50
No. 51
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 5,950
$ 5,057.50
No. 141
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,125
$ 1,806.25
No. 106
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,050
$ 1,742.50
No. 131
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 1,800
$ 1,530
No. 108
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 3,550
$ 3,017.50
No. 115
Wood Wall Hanging

by James Nelson
$ 5,400
$ 4,590
No. 87, Flying Nuns
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 4,575
$ 3,888.75
No. 93, Stingaling
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 7,650
$ 6,502.50
No. 45
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 6,050
$ 5,142.50
No.60
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,250
$ 1,912.50
No. 82
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 1,025
$ 871.25
No. 36
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 1,400
$ 1,190
No. 14, Big Woody
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 11,700
$ 9,945
No. 47, Elmer
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 4,025
$ 3,421.25
No. 13, Borogove
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,950
$ 2,507.50