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. 318
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,200
No. 319
Wood Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,400
No. 320
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,300
No. 314
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,100
No. 322
Wood Wall Sculpture

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

by James Nelson
$ 1,200
No. 323
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,825
No. 317
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,250
No. 316
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,000
No. 301
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,075
No. 300
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,825
No. 304
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,500
No. 303
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,250
No. 312
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 575
No. 302
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,825
No. 309
Wood Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 925
No. 308
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,000
No. 307
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,975
No. 306
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,500
No. 142, Boomdeeyeah
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 4,600
No. 89, Brooch
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 4,300
No. 69
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,700
No. 187
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,050
No. 193
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,350
No. 166, Prison Zest
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 6,900
No. 181
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,450
No. 176
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 4,600
No 150, Tryem Bothon
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,975
No. 149, Poncho Peench
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,975
No. 147, EIEIO
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 5,800
No. 118, Pusquatto
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,900
No. 126
Wood Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 1,750
No. 121, Bandersnatch
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 6,900
No. 128, Squeezium
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 6,300
No. 116, Boyoyoing
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 5,325
No. 51
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 8,200
No. 125, Big Bug
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 5,375
No. 122, Upseedayzium
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,900
No. 124, My Favorite Gas
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 7,300
No. 123, Let it Go
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 2,900
No. 141, Reemus
Wood Wall Sculpture

by James Nelson
$ 3,975
No. 131
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,800
No. 108
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 4,700
No. 115
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 7,600
No. 106
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 3,300
No. 82
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 1,875
No. 45
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 6,700
No.60
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 1,875
No. 76
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,475
No. 36
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 2,275
No. 14, Big Woody
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 10,500
No. 47, Elmer
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 7,600
No. 13, Borogove
Wood Wall Art

by James Nelson
$ 5,175