Two Vintage Lithographs by Mel Vincent. One is Oregon"Bay Street". Series one/print Six. The other one has the paper of orgin missing in back, so I am not sure of name of Art. Both are from 1972. Both have some scuff marks on frame. Both Art Lithographs are in good condition. The one with the missing backing, has water stains on matt, but not on Art work. Frames are scuffed up, and do have some trapped dirt inside. Need to be taking apart to be cleaned. Frames measure 16.5" in Lenth X 13" in Height. Both frames are original to the piece, and made of wood. Both Art Lithographs were framed by Original Paintings, Prints and Art Goods. These are Lithographs from Original watercolors by Mel Vincent. Glass in frames are a little loose. These are very nice Art Lithographs, and do expect some imperfections on the frames and matts. As far as the Lithographs, they look fine.ARTIST: Mel Vincent, Artist Born in Nampa, Idaho in 1925. Graduated from high school there in 1943. After serving three years in the Navy Air Corps, attended the Minneapolis School of Art.Operated a free lance art and photo studio in Minneapolis until 1960. Worked as art director for Breuner's Furniture of California, 1960-1962. Moved to Eugene in 1962 to be advertising/art director for Rubenstein's Furniture. Opened his own art/photo studio in 1980. Now semi-retired, Mr. Vincent spends his spare time painting the Oregon outdoors primarily in watercolor. He has self- published two books of his Oregon paintings: "Mel Vincent's Oregon Portfolio" and "Mel Vincent's Portfolio of Oregon Country Stores". Both were numbered and signed limited editions. Over the years, Vincent has received many ribbons from the Lane County Fair art shows, as well as, two Lane County Purchase Awards. As a past member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, he received three honor awards and three Best of Show Awards. Exhibits include:
University of Oregon Focus Gallery, Crossroads Art Center, Baker City;
Maude Kerns Art Center;
Oregon College of Education ;
Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery feature show;
Eugene Public Library; Nampa, Idaho Public Library.
Mel Vincent: An artistic testament to an era
By Austin Berger
For the Beacon
As the story goes, there was a simpler time in America and in Oregon. A time when you knew the people that lived in your town. A time when you knew who worked at the gas stations and country stores. And they knew you by your first name.
Regretfully those times have long since passed, crumbled to ashes and whisked away by an autumn wind. Usually the only testament of that era are country stores, old relic post offices, or mechanics garages that somehow…someway… stood the test of time.
And for Mel Vincent, an 82-year-old Lane County resident, capturing what little remains of this sanguine rural existence that once was has turned into a great body of work for this local watercolorist.
Inspiration to Begin: Like budding artists who copy the works of masters, Mel was copying sketches out of magazines during his junior high years in Nampa , Idaho. That led to being the cartoonist for the school newspaper. At age 21, after three years of managing a bombsight in the Navy Air Corps during World War II, he went to the Minneapolis School of Art on a G.I. Bill.
While going to school, Mel also worked part-time doing advertising sketches for Breuners, a local Minneapolis furniture company. Unfortunately, the art school wouldn’t allow him to split his time between being a student and a worker. In the end, he chose work and within five years, he had his own art studio. “Times were different back then,” says Vincent. “Back then you could make a decent living without a college education.”
Soon enough, work took him back to the West coast, which in turn eventually led him to Eugene-Springfield. That ultimately led to the development of his favorite subject -- the Oregon scene. From oceans to high deserts, all within a hundred mile radius, Mel found the terrain easy to capture with watercolors....