Art Brokerage: Born in 1943, James 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 his large unpainted wooden sculptures that have images burnt into them. He often adds bent steel wires. The Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, Texas), the El Paso Museum of Art (El Paso, Texas), the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (University of Oklahoma), the Meadows Museum (Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas), the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, Tennessee), the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth, Texas) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC.) are among the public collections holding work by James Surls. 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.