Colorado & Regional Art

Ghost Cars Autumn

Ghost Cars Autumn

Year 1965

Artist Mel Strawn (1929–2020, American)

Media oil on canvas

Dimensions 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 lived and worked in California, Texas, Michigan, Denver and Salida, Colorado. Strawn often drew inspiration from Japanese art and was especially influenced by Asian American artist Sabro Hasegawa.

ON VIEW in Modern Gallery 7

Signature Signed "Strawn 65" lower left corner

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.0275