(1929 - 2001)
Snell Maurice (Snellen) Johnson was active/lived in Arizona, Utah. Snell Johnson is known for large scale western sculpture, life size human figure and animal.
Biography Snell Johnson
Following is the obituary of the artist, published in the Las Vegas Sun newspaper.
Creator of MGM Grand's lion, Johnson dies at 62
Thursday, March 22, 2001 | 11:16 a.m.
Snellen Maurice "Snell" Johnson, a convicted con man who 12 years ago changed the course of his life to become a sculptor whose works include the massive bronze lion in front of the MGM Grand, died Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 62.
"Snell Johnson certainly is talked about in very positive terms for his work as a post-modern and pop culture sculptor," said Robert Tracy, professor of art at UNLV. "His bronze lion outside the MGM is more acceptable as art than the MGM's old plaster lion. His lion has ties with film history, evoking
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