James Surls

James Surls


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas

East Texas native James Surls is among the most acclaimed Texas artists of the late twentieth century and has found great success outside the state, as well. Surls' sculptures are most inspired by nature but also reveal metaphorical and mythological content. In a 2009 catalog for The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas, Patterson Sims wrote that Surl's works are, "studies of myths, science, and human behavior."

After graduating from Sam Houston State University and The Cranbrook Academy of Art, he taught at Southern Methodist University and later at the University of Houston and the Lawndale Art Center, Houston. Surl's work is held in many museum collections, and he has had numerous solo exhibitions, including the Dallas Museum of Art in 1984 and The Meadows Art Museum, Dallas, in 2003.


James Surls Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
James Surls (American, b. 1943) Wheel Metal and wood 35 inches (88.9 cm) high  PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
James Surls (American, b. 1943)WheelMetal and wood35 inches (88.9 cm) highPROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, ...
Lot 75009
Auction 5255
Saturday, May 21, 2016
JAMES SURLS (American, b. 1943) Me and the Blades, 1995 Carved natural wood with charring and incised eyes, metal hang...
JAMES SURLS (American, b. 1943)Me and the Blades, 1995Carved natural wood with charring and incised eyes, metal hang...
Lot 76012
Auction 5170
Saturday, May 17, 2014
JAMES SURLS (American, b. 1943) Untitled, 1967 Oak 39 x 17 x 15 inches (99.1 x 43.2 x 38.1 cm) Signed on base: Sur
JAMES SURLS (American, b. 1943)Untitled, 1967Oak39 x 17 x 15 inches (99.1 x 43.2 x 38.1 cm)Signed on base: Sur...
Lot 62059
Auction 5186
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
James Surls (American, b. 1943) On Being on the Roof, 1992 Pine and Oak 34-1/2 inches (87.6 cm) high
James Surls (American, b. 1943)On Being on the Roof, 1992Pine and Oak34-1/2 inches (87.6 cm) high...
Lot 75008
Auction 5255
Saturday, May 21, 2016
JAMES SURLS (American, b. 1943) From the Roof (Hanging Knife), 1985 Holly and cypress wood 36-1/2 x 6 x 10 inches (92
JAMES SURLS (American, b. 1943)From the Roof (Hanging Knife), 1985Holly and cypress wood36-1/2 x 6 x 10 inches (92...
Lot 76017
Auction 5214
Saturday, May 16, 2015

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