The 2019 Larsen Art Auction will be held in the gallery on Saturday, October 26th beginning at 10:00am MST.

Ed Mell b. 1942 American

Lot 44

Bustin' Blackie, 1986

Oil on canvas

48" x 48"

Signed Ed Mell, lower right

$50,000 - $70,000

Provenance: Private Collection, Paradise Valley, Arizona acquired directly from the artist


For this painting Ed Mell chose to use grisaille, a technique by which an image is executed entirely in shades of gray and usually severely modeled to create the illusion of sculpture.  This is the only black and white painting that Mell has ever done of a horse and rider.  The painting is a powerful image that pays homage to Mell’s cubist style with sharp angles and intense shadows.


Ed Mell has won numerous awards and honors.  His art has been exhibited in nine museum shows, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Mesa Southwest Museum, and the Rockwell-Corning Museum of Modern Art.   His biography, "Beyond the Visible Terrain: The Art of Ed Mell," was published in l996 and his art has been featured prominently in "Leading the West: 100 Contemporary Painters & Sculptors" and "Place of Spirit: Canyon de Chelly, 100 Years of Painting and Photography."