Artist of the moment….Ed Mell…


This artist is also best known for his panoramic landscapes. Unlike the previous artists that work in this manner this artist chooses to abstract his landscapes, especially the skies, which gives his paintings a very contemporary and modern feel.

A short interview with Ed Mell talking about his paintings and positive aspect an art show has on all those involved.

The artist loves to take something and magnify it for his paintings. A small flower when left in his hands can be transformed into what looks like a decorative stained glass window. Perhaps that is why this artist for some reason reminds me of John LaFarge. LaFarge was an excellent painter of anything, and even worked in stained glass for some of his career. If I could transform an artist’s work to appear on stained glass, no ones work could be more exciting to look at than Ed Mell.

The artist is highly diversified in his output working in oils, watercolors, and even sculpture.

The artist was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1942.

In the 1980s he was one of the most successful illustrators in the nation.  Ed Mell was based out of New York City. He accepted an offer to teach a summer art class on the Hopi Indian Reservation. It was very relaxing for him to be around 200 people rather than 10 million. He was enchanted by the landscape and after one year and half back in New York City the artist decided to head west and moved to Arizona.

The job market for illustrators was very slow however in Arizona. He became friends with a pilot who took him across the Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon, the artist was able to see parts of the land and sky that no other artists or photographers and seen! It awakened his senses as an artist.

What to learn from this artist? The most important idea in his way of thinking is that THE MORE YOU PAINT, THE BETTER YOU WILL BECOME AT PAINTING.  I like to say practice might not make you perfect, but it will make you better.

Another montage of the artist’s works starting around 17 seconds in. The beginning credits are in Russian, stay tuned for the art a few moments into the video.

high price range:  Oils is $64,000 and for a bronze $20,000.

low price range: original select oils $3,000 to $4,000.

If you are a painter take a moment and think about what your flat paintings might look like in three dimensions. Some of our greatest artists were amazing sculptors. Not only Walter Winans, the shooter and Olympic medalist, but also artists like Frederic Remington and Charlie Russell did some sculptures. I attended a seminar with the famed watercolorist Mary Whyte and she stated she took up sculpting after an injury curtailed her drawing and painting. She said it was far more difficult than drawing or painting because you had to finish all the edges.

Think how your work might look in a bronze or crafted out of some recycled materials.






1 Comment »

  1. Tammy Said:

    I love Ed Mell’s work!

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