Maurice Bebb Biography

Maurice Bebb

American

1891-1986

Biography

Maurice Bebb, an accomplished color etcher, had virtually no formal art training and was self-taught as a printmaker. Following his study at the University of Illinois, Bebb moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he was a florist for many years. He made his first print around 1943, relying on various printmaking technical manuals and his own study of original prints for instruction. Eventually he befriended Charles Capps and Arthur Hall, both of whom gave him advice and encouragement. Most of Bebb’s images featured birds or flowers, often those he observed in Oklahoma or in Minnesota, where he spent his summers. Memberships included Prairie Print Makers and Print Makers Society of California.