Ghost Cars Autumn
Mel Strawn (b. 1929, American)
oil on canvas
32 1/4 x 47 7/8 inches
Mel Strawn, a painter, printer and digital artist, grew up in Boise, Idaho. He attended the Chouinard Art Institute, the Otis Art Institute and Jepson Art Institute and received a BFA (1955) and MFA (1956) from California College of Arts and Crafts. Strawn followed Vance Kirkland as Director of the University of Denver School of Art, serving from 1969 to 1985. He was Chair of the Art Department at Western Michigan University from 1985 to 1988 and also taught at Michigan State and Antioch College. He helped create the Bay Area Printmakers Society and, along with his wife Bernice Strawn (also an artist and teacher), influenced many young students of art. Strawn has lived and worked in California, Texas and Michigan and today lives in Salida, Colorado. Strawn often draws inspiration from Japanese art and was influenced by Asian American artist Sabro Hasegawa.
ON VIEW in Modern Gallery 7
Signed "Strawn 65" lower left corner
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art