James Surls was born in Terrell, Texas in 1943 and now lives in Basalt, Colorado. Surls makes powerful, mysterious sculptures, drawings and prints. His anthropomorphic forms made of wood, carved and burned, are intellectually challenging and visually compelling. His drawing is energetic and direct, leaving room for the viewer to discover the poetic vision he has created.
Surls made three lithographs in 1999. Taking advantage of the translucent nature of Thai mulberry paper, the artist used several reds, printed on both sides of the sheet, to create a deep, rich color over a fluid white line. “Blood Flower” and “Flesh and Blood” celebrate our connections to life and family.