Born in 1942,  Ed Mell spent an idyllic childhood in what was then the small  western city of Phoenix, Arizona.  He began drawing at a very early age, inspired by the automobiles and futuristic design of the late ‘40s and ‘50s.  After attending Phoenix Junior College, a burgeoning interest in advertising and illustration led him to attend Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.  Although an advertising major, he was still able to vicarously experience the school’s world renowned automotive design department through several of his friends.

            After Los Angeles, Ed went on to work at Young and Rubicam, one of the top advertising agencies in New York, and Kenyon and Eckhardt where he worked on such major accounts as Helena Rubenstein and Air France.  Finding art directing creatively stiffling, he moved onto illustration, becoming one of the first airbrush artists to emerge in the 60’s.  His skill in this newly rediscovered medium attracted clients such as Tang and National Lampoon, the latter of whom he did two covers for.

            It was after two summers teaching art on the Hopi reservation that Ed decided to return home to Arizona’s Sonoran desert.  “Spending months in that beauty right after being in the city was the catalyst that changed my artistic direction.”

            Ed’s first works in oil were very minimal and angular, while later he moved onto more naturalistic expressions of the Western landscape.  Ed still paints in both styles today, and began making bronze sculptures in the ‘80s.  His work is in many corporate and private collections, nationally and internationally, including China and Mexico. Some of the collectors include, Diane Keaton, The Forbes Collection and the Anschutz Collection. The Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum,  all permanently own his work.

           Several large scale works have also been commissioned by public works, including an eight and half foot tall bucking bronco, a mural-esque painting for the visitor’s center of Kartchner Caverns, and most recently a bronze of a rising phoenix for Phoenix City Hall.  In 1996 his life as an artist was chronicled in the Northland Press book “Beyond the Visible Terrain: The Art of Ed Mell.”   Regardless of style or medium, Ed is most renowned for his uncanny ability to capture the power of his awesome subjects, whether a brewing desert storm that dwarfs the tallest of mountains, or an animal frozen in violent action.

Galleries Currently Representing Ed Mell:


​Ed Mell Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona

Owings Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming

Partial listing of Public & Private Collections of Ed Mell's work:

Corporate Collections

Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Los Angeles, California

Tri-Star Pictures, Hollywood, California

Chase Bank, Phoenix, Arizona

Mountain Bell, Denver, Colorado

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Arizona

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Dallas, Texas

Northern Trust, Phoenix, Arizona

Museum Collections

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia

Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art

Public Collections

City of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona

City of Glendale, Glendale, Arizona

City of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona

Kartchner Cavern State Park, Benson, Arizona

Private Collections

Diane Keaton, Beverly Hills, California

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles, California

Stephane Janssen, Scottsdale, Arizona

Joseph Coors, Denver, Colorado

Phil Anschutz, Denver, Colorado

Bruce Babbitt, Phoenix, Arizona

Kip Forbes, New York, New York

Craig and Barbara Barrett, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Commemorative Centennial Stamp USPS for the State of Arizona 2012


Partial listing of Exhibits & Printed Publications:

Exhibitions & Shows

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Center of Modern Art, Guadalajara, Mexico

Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona

Kolb Studio at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, New York

Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona

Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, Georgia

Forbes Galleries, New York, New York

Book Publications

Beyond the Visible Terrain in the Art of Ed Mell 

The Majesty of the Grand Canyon: 150 Years in Art

Phoenix Art Museum Collection Highlights

Painters of Utah's Canyons & Deserts

Magazine Publications

Leading the West

Southwest Art

American Artist

Arizona Highways

Western Art Collector

True West

Western Interiors & Design

Phoenix Magazine

Art and Architect

Representing Galleries: 


Medicine Man Gallery - Tucson, Arizona 

Owings Gallery - Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Altamira Fine Art - Jackson, Wyoming.