– ARTISTS I ADMIRE & WHY –
Paintings in this page by Eyvind Earle.
Eyvind Earle (April 26, 1916 – July 20, 2000) was an American fine artist, illustrator and author. He did background paintings for Disney animated films in the 1950s. His works are in permanent collections in art museums in the US. Earle was born in New York, began painting at the age of 10, and had his first solo show in France at the age of 14.
He had a cosmic and fantastic imagination and I see the rich world of Faerie — the way it should perhaps be — in his fine art paintings. His forests and trees, massive coasts, hills and never-ending meadows convey ancient lands of eternal mystery, sheer beauty, child-like wonder, refreshing paradise, and also — oddly enough — grave danger, lurking in the shadows, here and everywhere.
There is a great sense of design and contrast in Earle’s paintings. His use of colour — which I covet — is stunning.
It is a rare artist indeed who can achieve so much, in such a plethora of paintings.
Although I wish he had illustrated fantasy stories, I must admit I am pleased with his awesome art books and calendars.
In times in which I want to escape from the negative and dark realities of our modern and frantic society, I happily plunge into Eyvind Earle’s enchanted world.