**PAIR** color offset prints after two Southwest landscape paintings by the noted artist ED MELL (1942-), each laid on artboard and measuring 24" by 36". They were found in brown metal frames with not mat; frames available with the prints at no extra charge should the buyer want them. The prints show slight evidence of the edges perhaps being slightly trimmed, and there are some light scratches and small losses at extreme edges on one print as shown. The other has a faint water stain at lower left, though I did not notice it at all until I examined it very closely. The imagery is very beautiful, incorporating the beauty of the Southwest with a modernity of style. The artist grew up in post-war Phoenix when it was a much smaller place than it is today. He attended art school in Los Angeles and then spent some time in New York working in advertising art directing, before succumbing to the pull of his native region. By 1970 he was back in Arizona, painting creatively. Today examples of his art easily sell into five figures at auctions of western American art, his top price being a $90,000 hammer in 2018 for a very large work. Buyers evidently find that modernity, that simplification of the buttes and mesas and cloud forms (as Maynard Dixon did), to be very appealing. Examples of Mell's work are in celebrity collections and major galleries and museums. He has had numerous exhibitions and has been featured countless times in publications such as Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Arizona Highways.
ED MELL (1942-) Southwest art two color prints for 1984 gallery exhibition