Chapel at Night

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.

See images from the 2016 Panza Gallery Exhibition.

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. He has also worked as Preparator for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and for the Conservation Department at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Nelson frequently creates different versions of the same image in search of the underlying feeling he is trying to achieve.  For instance, a small pencil drawing leads to a larger watercolor or gouache (both included in the Works on Paper Gallery), and then often to a large oil painting. Therefore, please note that versions of the same image, though very different from each other in media and scale, often appear the same size on the computer screen. Please refer to the caption information for the actual size and medium of the piece.

All works are available for purchase except those in the Selected Works In Collections Gallery.  If you are interested in a piece of Nelson’s work, please refer to the Contact page for information on how to reach the artist.