James SurlsJames Surls (born April 19, 1943 in Terrell, Texas) is an American modernist artist. His father was a carpenter, and his mother was an elder of the Cherokee Nation. Surls earned a BS from Sam Houston State University and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 1998, he moved from Splendora, Texas to Carbondale, Colorado.
He is best known for large sculptures that are roughly hewn and derive much of their power from a close connection to nature and raw materials. His drawings and prints are largely monotone. Surls' work is particularly organic and primal. Having built a career in the 1980s and 1990s as a Texas artist, Surls relocated to a Colorado ranch and removed his work from for-profit galleries. His work is now represented exclusively by his own studio.
In 2009, five Surls bronze-and-steel bouquets were set up on Park Avenue by the New York City Parks Public Art Program and the fund for Park Avenue. Provided by Wikipedia
Visions of paradise : installations by Vito Acconci, David Ireland, and James Surls : March 24 through April 29, 1984, Hayden Gallery and MIT Campus, Massachusetts Institute of Tec...
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