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. 329
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,125
No. 331
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,125
No. 327
Wood Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,650
No. 340
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,200
No. 336
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 700
No. 338
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,350
No. 325
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,925
No. 335
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 700
No. 313
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,425
No. 333
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,100
No. 339
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,400
No.332
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,650
No. 328
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,775
No. 326
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,175
No. 324
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,675
No. 342
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,025
No. 343
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 875
No. 345
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,375
No. 344
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,650
No. 349
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,275
No. 348
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,075
No. 314
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,675
No. 315
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,650
No. 316
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,725
No. 320
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,575
No. 317
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,775
No. 323
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,798
No. 319
Wood Sculpture

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

by James Nelson
$ 2,300
No. 318
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,700
No. 300
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,900
No. 302
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,850
No. 303
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,275
No. 307
Wood Wall Sculpture

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

by James Nelson
$ 2,650
No. 308
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,050
No. 301
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,200
No. 306
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,475
No. 309
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 800
No. 176
Wood Wall Art

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

by James Nelson
$ 2,650
No.166
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,975
No. 149
Wood Wall Sculpture

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

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

by James Nelson
$ 2,075
No. 121, Bandersnatch
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 6,225
No. 141
Wood Wall Art

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

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

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

by James Nelson
$ 2,975
No. 124
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 7,400
No. 118, Pusquatto
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,400
No. 137
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,900
No. 125, Big Bug
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 5,625
No. 122, Upseedayzium
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,825
No. 51
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 5,950
No. 108
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 3,550
No. 131
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 1,800
No. 106
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,050
No. 115
Wood Wall Hanging

by James Nelson
$ 5,400
No. 14, Big Woody
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 11,700
No. 36
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 1,400
No. 45
Wood Wall Art

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

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

by James Nelson
$ 1,025
No. 47, Elmer
Wood Wall Art

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

by James Nelson
$ 2,950