Pine and Oak
10 1/2 x 10 x 14 1/2 in (26.7 x 25.4 x 36.8 cm)
(b. 1943, lives and works in Carbondale, CO)
James Surls considers himself a “being of the woods” and believes that every tree has a spirit that lives within it. Surls develops the idea he wants to express, goes into the forest and finds a piece of wood that suggests that concept, and then shapes the branches accordingly. He believes that each sculpture is like a book, with marks and shapes that can be read as words with distinct meanings (Marlborough Gallery press release, January 21, 1994). He has enjoyed solo exhibitions at several major museums and is represented in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and nearly every major museum in Texas. He has been the recipient of a Texas Artist of the Year Award and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. He is one of the founders of Lawndale Art Center, an alternative art space in Houston, Texas. Surls lives and works in Carbondale, Colorado. In 2020, he won the Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards.