James P. Nelson is an American painter living in Pittsburgh who has created a body of work over the last 40 years that has been exhibited widely and is well known locally. His works are included in many corporate and private collections as well as the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

A BFA graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Nelson is primarily known for his large oil paintings that retell personal experiences through a vocabulary of symbolic landscapes. Nelson’s art resonates with emotion and connects to imagery he finds around his neighborhood, on trips far and wide, and sometimes from memories of an earlier era.

Nelson has taught painting and drawing courses at Chatham University, La Roche College, Carnegie Museum Studio School, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. In addition to teaching, he has worked for the Carnegie Museum of Art both as art handler in the Exhibitions Department and technician in the Conservation Department. He has also worked as Preparator at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

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When looking at images on this site, Nelson frequently creates different versions of similar compositions. To be seen at best advantage in this format, studies, watercolors and oil paintings of the same composition appear the same size even though they have different dimensions in real life. Please refer to the caption information for the actual size and medium of the pieces.