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BIOGRAPHY

Charles Ragland Bunnell (American, 1897–1968), was an American painterprintmaker, and muralist.

Bunnell was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1897. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1915. Bunnell enlisted and served in the United States Army during World War I. He studied at the Broadmoor Art Academy, (now the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center). 

In 1934, Bunnell won a commission from the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) to complete a mural for West Junior High School in Colorado Springs. He worked with Frank Mechau on the mural for the Colorado Springs Post Office and went on to create paintings for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Influenced by the movement of Abstract Expressionism, Bunnell moved away from American Scene painting and into his unique style of abstract painting.

In 1964, Bunnell was interviewed for the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project. His work is in the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Taylor Museum in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Denver's Kirkland Museum. Bunnell died in Colorado Springs in 1968.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA

Kirkland Museum, Denver, CO

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Taylor Museum, Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO

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