James Oleson

Artist's Biography

James Oleson Jr. is a sculptor and painter. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and can be found in many private collections throughout the United States. He has work in permanent collections at Crealde’ School of Art, The Industrial Arts Center, and Lake Wales Art Center Sculpture Garden. His work can also be found in the corporate collections of Brooksville City Hall, Ocala City Hall, and the Hernando County School System. He is the recipient of many awards and grants including 2010 Best in Show at ArtLoud Tampa, Best of Show Kissimme Sculpture Experience, and the Outstanding You Award from Southwest Art Magazine. He teaches sculpture and painting classes at Morean Arts Center, Industrial Art Center, and The Dazzio School of Art. He also serves as Exhibition Director for International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Artist's Statement

The art of sculpture is to take something considered to be useless or broken and give it a new life and a chance to be a part of something bigger than it ever was. I take an inanimate congregation of objects and put them together in a way that gives them an actual presence that you can feel and touch. Not only can you touch these inanimate objects but they can touch you back. They visually speak to you, invoking real emotions. When this almost unexplainable connection is happening, the material thought to be useless or broken comes to life. That connection between you and my creations and the emotions that take place gives me much excitement and drives me to create with great passion.

To make an inanimate object touch, feel and speak is a gift that has been given to me. This gift has turned me into a pioneer of sorts, who dredges through industries pollution on a quest for steel. I find myself climbing amongst the ruble of a recently demolished high rise, and digging in the garbage for fragments of a recent fabrication, or in a junk yard dragging off parts of an old dinosaur that time has forgotten. I believe in things discarded lies the seeds of infinite possibilities. My mind is constantly studying and categorizing all the objects that I am collecting. I visualize the objects floating in the air waiting for their chance to twist and dive into the sculptures not yet born, that constantly swim in my mind. As I clean the earth, all the objects I collect will be recycled and no longer destined to be trapped for eternity in a landfill forever labeled as garbage. I also firmly believe it is my duties as an artist to create art with archival longevity and superior quality as I single handily sculpt the future of the twenty first century.

Contact James Oleson at: olesonart@gmail.com

P.O. Box 1293 Brooksville, FL 34605

Visit his website at: Artandsculptures.com


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