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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. 372 Trees 3
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,525
$ 1,220
No. 397 Volcano 2
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,250
$ 1,800
No. 371 Suctions
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,725
$ 1,380
No. 374 Mixed Bags
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,975
$ 1,580
No. 366 Wormy
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,075
$ 1,660
No. 373 Kings Aerial
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,675
$ 1,340
No. 370 Sections
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,375
$ 1,100
No. 375 Don't Know
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,725
$ 1,380
No. 395 Odd Eye
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,975
$ 1,580
No. 392 Volcano
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,150
$ 1,720
No. 377 Tearadactyl
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,625
$ 1,300
No. 389 Intersections
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,325
$ 1,060
No. 378 Connect Dots
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,175
$ 940
No. 376 Smoke Signals
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,625
$ 1,300
No. 383 Curly with 2 Groucho's
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,375
$ 1,100
No. 399 Waterfall
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,975
$ 1,580
No. 398 Long Gap
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,176
$ 1,740.80
No. 400 One Bump, Three Hills
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,850
$ 1,480
No. 396 Tall Gap
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,950
$ 2,360
No. 402 Three Bumps
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,126
$ 900.80
No. 165 Dragons
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,550
$ 2,040
No. 401 Five Bumps
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,850
$ 1,480
No. 327
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,500
$ 1,200
No. 331
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,125
$ 900
No. 329
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,030
$ 824
No. 340
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,100
$ 880
No. 326
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,175
$ 940
No. 325
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,925
$ 1,540
No. 345
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,375
$ 1,100
No. 314
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,675
$ 1,340
No. 319
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 2,350
$ 1,880
No. 316
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 1,725
$ 1,380
No. 309
Wood Wall Sculpture

$ 800
$ 640