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From a studio in Bonita, California, Mehl Lawson creates western sculpture that reflects his ongoing fascination with horses and the relationship between them and their cowboy riders. In 1982, five years after he had completed his first sculpture, his skills earned him membership in the Cowboy Artists of America*, which he served as President in 1998. In CAA annual exhibitions, he received a Silver Sculpture Award in 1994, 1997, 1998, 2003 and a Gold Sculpture Award in 1992 and 1996. In 1992, he received the Kieckhefer Award* for Best of Show.
Lawson won the Frederic Remington Award* at the 1996 Prix de West Show*, hosted by The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Of his work, it is written: "Mehl Lawson is an artist in two mediums---sculpture 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. . .His sculptures capture the spirit of the Western buckaroo---the working men of the great California and Nevada ranches." (CA)
As a young boy, he copied work by Orren Mixer. He made his home with his wife in Bonita, California.
CA Cowboy Artists of America 44th Annual Exhibition, 2009, Exhibition Catalogue, Publication of the Phoenix Art Museum
Vicki Stavig, "For the Love of a Horse", Art of the West, January/February 2003
Artist Files of the Phoenix Art Museum Library