Early American, Contemporary Paintings, Sculpture and Fine Antique American Indian Art.

  Ed Mell



Biography Ed Mell



Born in 1942, Ed Mell spent an idyllic childhood in what was then the small western city of Phoenix. He attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and soon after graduation accepted a position in New York as an art director for a large advertising agency.

Seeking greater artistic freedom,he opened an illustration studio and met with immediate success, establishing his national reputation. Still, Mell felt that he hadn't yet found his voice as an artist.

Ed Mell, Chinle Butte , Oil on Linen, 30" x 40"

Seeking a break from the city's pace, he accepted a teaching position the Hopi reservation in 1970. Time spent on Arizona's Colorado Plateau reconnected Mell with the land he loved and his artistic course was set. He relocated to Phoenix and began painting his well-known landscapes.

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Mell's creative drive has led him to produce bronze sculptures and print series in addition to his oils. Ed Mell's work is found in many public and private collections including those of Tri-Star Pictures, Phoenix Art Museum, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Diane Keaton, Arnold Schwartzenegger, and Bruce Babbitt.

Ed Mell Patagonia Longhorn Oil painting

Selected Highlights from the Career of Ed Mell

Corporate Collections

  • Atlantic-Richfield Corporation, Los Angeles, California
  • Bank One, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona
  • Mountain Bell, Denver, Colorado
  • Tri-Star Pictures, Hollywood, California
  • U-Haul Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona

Public Collections

  • City of Glendale, Glendale, Arizona
  • City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona
  • Kartchner Caverns, Southern Arizona


Private Collections

  • Forbes Collection
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Babbitt, Washington, DC
  • Craig & Barbara Barrett, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Coors, Golden, Arizona
  • Stephane Janssen, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles, California
  • Diane Keaton, Beverly Hills, California



  • 1982 Center of Modern Art, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 1983 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach California
  • 1984 The Nickolas Museum, Casper, Wyoming
  • 1987 The Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York
  • 1990,1996 Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1988, 2000 Museum of the Southwest, Mesa, Arizona
  • 1996, 2000 Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • 2002 Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona
  • 2003 Northern Arizona Unviersity Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 2006-2007 Grand Canyon: From Dream to Icon, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
  • 2007 Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2009- Grand Canyon Modern Masters Invitational, Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon, AZ
  • 2010 Ed Mell, New Works, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2010 Ed Mell: Paintings of the New West, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
  • 2010 The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, New York
  • 2010 Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 2011 Booth Museum of Western Art, Atlanta, GA
  • October - November 2011, The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ
  • September 10 - November 26, 2011 - The Forbes Collection, Forbes Galleries, New York City, NY
  • 2012 - Mell Modern, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ


Books and Publications

  • ArtBook of the New West
  • Beyond the Visible Terrain, The Art of Ed Mell, Northland Publishing
  • Experience AZ
  • The Majesty of the Grand Canyon
  • Leading the West, Northland Publishing
  • Luxe Magazine
  • Smithsonian National Magazine of the American Indian
  • Southwest Art Magazine
  • Arizona Highways Magazine
  • Western Art Collector
  • Western Interiors and Design
  • Who's Who in American Art


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Ed Mell, Grand Canyon, Arizona


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