Ed Mell (b. 1942)

Canyon Showers, 1994
Oil, 25 in x 40 in
Ed Mell, a native of Arizona, has made the landscapes of the Southwest and the Colorado Plateau the primary subjects of his work. Mell studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and followed that with advertising and illustration work in New York. He returned to the Southwest to work as a freelance illustrator, teaching art at the Bacavi School on the Hopi Reservation for two summers. By 1979 Mell was able to devote his time entirely to fine-art painting. In the 1980s he began sculpting; his bronze statue, Jackknife, the result of a commission awarded to him by the City of Scottsdale, stands on Main Street in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mell's art has become known and collected worldwide. For nearly twenty years his paintings have graced the posters of the Grand Canyon Music Festival. In 1999, at the invitation of the State of Arizona, Mr. Mell completed a large painting of Kartchner Caverns, which now hangs in that state parks visitor center. He is the subject of Donald Hagerty's book, "Beyond the Visible Terrain. The Art of Ed Mell."

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