Ed Mell Biography

Ed Mell Biography

 

Ed Mell, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Ed Mell, Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

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 was 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"

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.

 

Ed Mell, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Ed Mell, Grand Canyon, Arizona 

 

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 on Canvas, 34" x 40"

Ed Mell, Patagonia Longhorn, Oil on Canvas, 34" x 40" 

 

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

 

Exhibitions:

  • 2017 "25th Anniversary Celebration" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2016 Solo Show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2015 "Sculpture Retrospective and New Paintings" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2014 Solo Show, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2012 - "Mell Modern," Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ 
  • September 10 - November 26, 2011 - The Forbes Collection, Forbes Galleries, New York City, NY
  • October - November 2011, The West Select, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ
  • 2011 Booth Museum of Western Art, Atlanta, GA
  • 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
  • 2009- Grand Canyon Modern Masters Invitational, Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon, AZ
  • 2007 Arizona: A Millennium of Arizona Art, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2006-2007 Grand Canyon: From Dream to Icon, Tucson Museum of Art, AZ
  • 2003 Northern Arizona Unviersity Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 2002 Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona
  • 1996, 2000 Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • 1988, 2000 Museum of the Southwest, Mesa, Arizona
  • 1990,1996 Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • 1987 The Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York
  • 1984 The Nickolas Museum, Casper, Wyoming
  • 1983 Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach California
  • 1982 Center of Modern Art, Guadalajara, Mexico

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

 

Ed Mell, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Ed Mell, Grand Canyon, Arizona