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 Elliott Anderson Means  (1904 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: itinerant mural and sign painting, sculpture, book illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Elliott Anderson Means, painter and sculptor of western and religious subjects, illustrator, and itinerant muralist, was born in Stamford, Texas on March 10, 1904 (some report 1905).  When he was a child he traveled in a covered wagon from Texas to a homestead in New Mexico where he in a raid led by Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa.  Means went to school in El Paso and then became a hobo, working in Oklahoma as a wheat-field hand and as a sign and mural painter in California.

He studied two years at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California and then one year as an apprentice in a Los Angeles bronze foundry at casting and model making. This period was followed by one year at the Boston Museum School of Fine Art in Boston, Massachusetts. Then he moved to New York City with his wife Frances and had work as an exposition designer. He worked as a WPA artist for the Public Works Art Project.

Eventually he became a sculptor and magazine and book illustrator with titles including The Children's Story Bible and Comanche of the Seventh.

His works include: 1. Stevedore 2. Mermaid 3. Mayan Dancer 4. Mamaloi-Voodoo Priestess 5. Model for Texas Monument 6. Two relief panels for the government printing office & warehouse in Wash. D.C. 7. Communication for Suffern, NY Post Office 8. Oasis 9. Man Bites Dog 10. Vulture.

Sources include:
Peter Hasting Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art
Peggy and Harold Samuels, The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West
Bulletin Information submitted to AskART by Grace Ramirez-Gaston

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