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ANCEL E. NUNN (Am. 1929-2000)


Nunn began to draw at the age of 12. Today, his art is part of public and private collections throughout Texas and beyond, including at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, the Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin and at many other state museums.

In a 1988 article in the Dallas Morning News, Nunn was quoted as saying: “From the time I was 10, I wanted to be an artist - either that or a normal person. That’s what I thought society thought of artists.”

Born in Seymour, Texas, he studied under noted Texas artists such as Doug Kingman and Alexandre Hogue. He won an honorable mention in 1944 in the national Ingersoll Competition for his etching “The Domino Players”, which is now exhibited at the Carnegie Gallery in Pittsburgh. His watercolor “The Cock Fight” won first place the next year in the same competition.

Nunn married and moved to Harlingen, Texas, and opened his first studio in 1964. He was a reservist in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of major, and he left the service in 1969.

As Nunn’s career grew, he developed mystery and paradox in his art. Much of Nunn’s art came to life through memories of his childhood in his books, such as Remnants of Change. His latest book, Ancel E. Nunn - Paintings and Drawings, was published in 1996. He has also been featured in numerous publications, including books and magazines, and has appeared in two films for public television. He died on January 26, 2000.

Source: Dallas Morning News - Texas & Southwest section, January 26, 2000





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