(1938 - 1962)
Mel Hanson was active/lived in California. Mel Hanson is known for assemblage, abstract expressionism.
``Self Portrait with Frankie Dewey`s Red Wig,`` 1961
Biography Mel Hanson
Post War California artist, Mel Hanson studied at University of Pacific, Stockton. Hanson was a member of the 'Fyrehaus Group', that included William Snyder, Jack Farloux (Farley), Terry St. John and Jim Muhs, who shared an old firehouse in Stockton as their studio until 1961. Hanson was highly influenced by the German expressionists creating highly sophisticated abstract, pop and figurative works during his brief but highly productive artistic career as he exhibited frequently in the Green and Spatsa Galleries near Union Street in San Francisco in the early 1960's. Hanson showed signs of artistic brilliance as a child and hit his stride in 1959/60 when he began to paint thick, heavy, juicy figurative works predating and influencing Joan Br
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