Eyvind Earle

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Date of Birth: April 26, 1916
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA
Date of Death: July 20, 2000
Focus: Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator
Art movement: 20th Century Modern
Nationality: American

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Eyvind Earle Biography

Eyvind Earle was born in New York City and later moved to Hollywood with his family. His father, a painter who had studied with Whistler and Bouguereau, forced him to paint every day as a child; he ran away from home while in his teens but had learned a great deal in art technique.

After leaving home, he traveled through Cuba, Spain, Mexico, France, England, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Corsica. Because of his travels, he had his first one man show of paintings at the age of 14, in France. He returned to Hollywood to become an assistant sketch artist with United Artist’s Studio.

By the age of 18, he began to feel that realism and imitation could not capture what he later was to call “the search for truth.”

He was still painting, as he worked as a background artist for Walt Disney Studios; he also designed 5 murals that were located in Disneyland. His backgrounds were part of the look of the magical and medieval ambiance of “Sleeping Beauty” among others. He also did work that was featured on television and did animated commercials and specials. He received the Windsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement by the International Animation Society in 1998.

In the year 1966, Earle returned to painting full time, doing watercolors, oils, serigraphs, sculpture, drawings and scratchboard.

He called his art “designed realism” and a combination of the Oriental, Gothic, Persian and Van Gogh. His landscapes evoke the mysterious, primitive, moody and are able to capture a unique vision of the countryside. Eyvind Earle was a prolific artist for over 60 years.