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Mehl Lawson

Birth place or City of origin:
State of origin: CA
Last known City: Bonita
Last known State: CA
Start/Birth date: 1942
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Congratulations to Mehl Lawson, the first artist inducted into both the CAA (Cowboy Artist of America - 1982) and in September 2007 the TCAA (Traditional Cowboy Arts Association). From a studio in Bonita, CA Mehl Lawson has created western sculpture that in 1982 earned him membership into the Cowboy Artists of America, five years after he completed his first sculpture. In 1998, he served that organization as President. His favorite subject is horses and the relationship between them and their riders, created in elegant vaquero style of Edward Borein and Louis Ortega. This passion has inspired Lawson to add rawhide braiding to his repertoire. Lawson has won numerous awards, including the Remington Award at the Prix de West Show at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has also won the Thomas Moran Award at the Masters of the American West Show at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California.

In September of 2007 Mehl was invited to join the TCAA (Traditional Cowboy Arts Association), the first to be accepted to both TCAA and CAA. Founded in 1998, the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association is a not for profit organization formed to preserve the craftsmanship of fine western gear making.
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Mehl Lawson is an artist in three mediums – sculpture, braiding and horses. He is an heir to the proud vaquero tradition of Old California—a dedicated disciple of the refined, subtle elegance of the Santa Barbara style that inspired the creative spirits of such men as Ed Borein and Luis Ortega.

There is the same kind of magic in the hands that shape the sculptor’s clay as there is in the hands that hold the reins of a spade-bit horse. Mehl is accomplished in both venues and brings to each a concentrated focus that produces horseback memories and sculptural images of pure grace and beauty.

Mehl excels at depicting the devotion between man and his horse, and his sculptures capture the spirit of the Western buckaroo—the working men of the great California and Nevada ranches. He is happy to combine the world of horses with that of fine art, and his rawhide braiding artistry.

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Mehl has been a member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1982 and has received numerous Gold and Silver Medals and Best of Show Awards at the Cowboy Artists of America show. He has been presented the Remington Award and the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award at the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Mehl was honored with the Thomas Moran Gold Medal in 1998 at the Masters of the American West show at the Autry National Center. In 2001, Mehl became a member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association as a braider of rawhide gear. He was named Braider of the Year in 2008 by the Academy of Western Artists. Mehl is the only member of both the Cowboy Artists of America and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association exhibiting in the 2011 Cowboy Crossings Show.

Mehl and his wife, Martha, reside in Bonita, California.

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Mehl Lawson is an artist in three mediums: sculpture, braiding, and horses. He is also an heir to the proud vaquero tradition of Old California—a dedicated disciple of the refined, subtle elegance of the Santa Barbara style that inspired the creative spirits of such men as Ed Borein and Luis Ortega.

There is the same kind of magic in the hands that shape the sculptor’s clay and his rawhide braiding as there is in the hands that hold the reins of a horse. Mehl Lawson is accomplished in both venues and brings to each a concentrated focus that produces horseback memories and sculptural images of pure grace and beauty.

Lawson excels at depicting the working men of the great California and Nevada ranches. He is happy to combine the world of horses with that of fine art and his rawhide braiding artistry.

He has received the Remington Award and the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award at the Prix de West Show held at the National Cowboy Hall and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City. A member of the Cowboy Artists of America since 1982, he has received numerous Gold and Silver Medals and the Best of Show Award at the Cowboy Artists of America Annual Sale & Exhibition held at the Phoenix Art Museum. He was honored with the Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting at the Autry's 1998 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. In 2007 Lawson became a member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association as a braider of rawhide horse gear, and in 2008 he was named Braider of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Lawson and his wife, Martha, live in Bonita, California.

Mehl Lawson is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming.

 

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