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James Surls

James Surls


1943 Born in Terrell, TX
1966 B.S. Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, TX
1968 M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mi


While Surls is most notable for his colossal sculptures, he is a master at creating two-dimensional imagery, which is lyrical, fluid and graceful but as commanding, challenging and metaphorical, as his dramatic large-scale work.

Surls received his B.S. from Sam Houston State College and M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. After college he taught sculpture at Southern Methodist University from 1970-1975, then moved to Houston and taught at the University of Houston until 1982. For many years, he maintained a home and studio in Splendora, north of Houston; in 1997 he moved to Basalt, Colorado. Surls has exhibited in both national and international solo and group exhibitions. His works are included in collections of major museums across the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York; The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth; The Museum of Fine Art in Houston; and the Dallas Museum of Art, among others.

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On Being Her Mystery by James Surls Left Nut by James Surls Windriver Speaks  by James Surls

On Being Her Mystery

2004
lithograph, chine collè
29" x 36"
edition size: 16
$2,000

Left Nut

2004
lithograph, chine collè
22 1/4" x 28"
edition size: 16
$1,200

Windriver Speaks

2004
lithograph, chine collè
37" x 32"
edition size: 16
$2,000