Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Visual Scent (1999), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Okay, now we're doing it, we're really doing it. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. Bill. See available prints and multiples, paintings, and works on paper for sale and learn about the artist. The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission.. click to enlarge. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. 2 of 10 This Mel Casas painting is part of his “Humanscapes” series. (6 May 1976). The series began in 1965 with Humanscape 1 and concludes in 1989 with Humanscape 150. [21] The "Humanscapes" were generally painted on large-scale canvases, mimicking the drive-in movies that inspired them. In this blog post, Curator for Latino Art E. Carmen Ramos reflects on the importance of Casas' art. Rather, his cultural work supported and coincided with the emergence of a broad civil rights movement. Additional papers were donated by Casas in 1999. Funding I don't think it's quite true. Mel Casas, “Humanscape 47 (Still Life)” (1968), 72″ x 96″, acrylic/canvas (images courtesy of the Casas family unless noted) SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Over the course of 20 years, Mel Casas … Silva, Elda (11 June 2015). I think people are generally aware of what MeL is, but haven't found a way to incorporate it into their daily life. Mel Casas has given this painting a subtitle, located at the bottom of the canvas. [8] He is considered to be one of the important founders of the Chicano Arts movement. [13] Casas then received a MFA from the University of the Americas in Mexico City in 1958. (2006), Acrylic on canvas, 30 × 15 in [21], Casas often paid a price for his trenchant social criticism. Available for sale from Ruiz-Healy Art, Mel Casas, Hanging Garden (2005), Acrylic on canvas, 24 × 24 in Mar 24, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Sherry Willome. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. SAN ANTONIO — Mel Casas is probably best known for politically charged paintings such as “Humanscape 62 (Brownies of the Southwest),” one … Discover and buy from a selection of thousands of landscape paintings, portraits, and nude paintings. This site uses cookies to help make it more useful to you. San Antonio-based artist Mel Casas died on November 30, 2014 after a two-year battle with cancer. Mel Casas Family Trust. [10], Later, Casas was called into the United States Army[12] and his father insisted it was his duty to serve. Mel Casas, Humanscapes 94: Art Lures, 1978, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 96", 182.9 x 243.8 cm. He attended the public school system and graduated from Texas Western College with a bachelor's degree in arts in 1956. "Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster" is a book that will appeal to many audiences from everyday people to academics. "[23] Casas felt that media, like television, movies and advertising had the power to change people and could be used to change them for the better. We have perfect paintings for the living room, bedroom, kitchen or even the office. Con Safo is a Pachuco slang expression whose most common meanings are: "the same to you," "don't mess with this," and "forbidden to touch. All public programs are online only, on-site public tours and events are currently suspended. [6], As a fellow artist, he was good at asking critical questions of the work of others and encouraging them to submit their work to exhibitions and competitions. [12] Casas felt that he had the opportunity to teach a "very good cross-section of the city" which was something he enjoyed. Retrieved 7 April 2015. The paintings and their images are not to be reproduced, copied, or used for any other purposes without explicit permission from the Casas Family Trust. The date is August 14, 1996. He was inspired by professor Mel Casas, who made large paintings on a black ground that were informed by pop art and surrealism. Find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks for sale, the latest news, and sold auction prices. [10] Casas felt that he had a good education in elementary school and junior high. [10] He was considered by his students to be a "generous" teacher, helping to launch many young art careers. In Casas’ hands Pop Art became a vehicle for cultural, social and political commentary from a Chicano point-of-view. "[6] Cordova, who curated four Humanscape exhibitions with approximately half of the paintings,[20] divides the Humanscapes into five groups. GETTING the BIG PICTURE: Political Themes in the Art of MEL CASAS, 1968-1977. Mel Casas: Artist as Cultural Adjuster. [24], In later years, he ceased exhibiting, but painted almost daily, even when he was battling cancer. Archives of American Art. [4], Casas went to college using the G.I. Though Casas is best known for a handful of works that treat Chicano themes, he created an unusually wide array of works with varied themes and styles. He was also an educator and cofounder of the San Antonio Artist Collective Con Safo—considered by many to be one of the most significant Chicano Art groups of the 60s and 70s at a time when Chicano art was not being shown at mainstream venues. With his first wife, Maria, Mel had four children: Alfredo, Ingrid, Mike and Sonya. The interviewer for the Archives is Paul Karlstrom, and this is the first tape, tape one, side A. painting series whereby over the span of 150 paintings the Chicano experience slowly moves from the periphery to the center. 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