Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Terry Nowell first became fascinated with the mixed-media drawings of the enigmatic self-taught Texas artist, C.A.A. Dellschau, after seeing them in a museum exhibition in the late 1990s. Dellschau (1830—1923) immigrated to Texas from Germany in 1850, settled in the Houston area, and made his living as a butcher and as a clerk before retiring in 1900. Around that time, he began to create drawings of primitive flying machines, or “aeros,” and to place them in scrapbooks he constructed.