BEN CARLTON MEAD (American 1902-1986)
    Texas Landscape, 1956
    Oil on canvas
    30in. x 38in.
    Signed and dated lower left: c 1956 Ben Carlton Mead

    Ben Carlton Mead was born in Bay City, Texas, however his family moved often during his childhood to Lamesa and Amarillo. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago under Jerome Rozen and Charles Schroeder. Mead began his career as a designer for the Sunset Advertising System in San Antonio, and subsequently opened his own commercial art studio in San Antonio where he illustrated magazines, newspapers, and books. During the 1930s, Mead taught at the Amarillo College and also gave private lessons out of his studio. Mead moved to Dallas in 1941 where he again opened a commercial art studio and continued to illustrate.

    Mead helped organize the Dallas Corral of Westerners International, a group devoted to the study of the American West. Mead also a member of the International Society of Artists and the Texas Folklore Society. Mead moved to California in 1981 where he taught painting and drawing in his studio in Santa Ynez valley.

    From Michael R. Grauer, Curator of Art, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Canyon, Texas curator "Ben Carlton Mead Retrospective," 2002: "This painting by Ben Carlton Mead depicts Boot Hill Cemetery near Tascosa on the Canadian River northwest of Amarillo. Tascosa was a former cowtown which no longer exists, but Boot Hill Cemetery is, and is maintained by Cal Farley's Boys Ranch on the site of old Tascosa..."

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