Jim Keller

Biography

After a 42 year career as a Civil Engineer, Keller has enjoyed the creative freedom of working as a full time studio artist. Through my lifelong love of wood I have evolved from a carpenter, to a woodworker, to a wood turner finally to a sculpture. I am always looking for unique pieces of wood that will allow me to develop an interesting design for the sculpture. My goal as an artist is to combine the circular form, fair curves and drama with the character and natural beauty of a piece of wood to create a sculpture highlighting natural edges and negative space to create an individual unique sculpture.

Keller is always looking at sculpture in other medium for inspiration. After seeing the work of Jesus Morales, a stone sculptor, Keller was inspired to investigate the wheel form. His first wheel included a scorched sphere representing a meteorite that penetrated the center of the form. That piece was entitled “Evolution of the Wheel”. Little did he know at the time that this would be the start of a series exploring the wheel form.
I am looking forward to being able to devote all of my energies to creating sculpture.

Education:
 Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Valparaiso University
 The Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston

Permanent Collections:
 Mobile Museum of Art
 Fuller Craft Museum
 American Association of Woodturners Gallery

Current Gallery Representation:
 American Art Company. Tacoma,WA
 Asher Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, Texas
 Brookwood Community Art Gallery, Brookshire, Texas
Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Texas
 Mary Martin Gallery, Charleston, North Carolina
 Museum Store, Center for Wood Art, Philadelphia, PA