Above: Monumental stillness found in this Eyvind Earle illustration simply titled ‘Winter’.
Eyvind Earle was an American artist, author, and illustrator known for his background work and styling of Disney animated films beginning in the 1950s. Born in New York Earle’s family moved to Hollywood in 1918 and it was there he began painting when he was 10 years old. Quite remarkably Earle had his first solo exhibition in France when he was just 14 years old. After showing at several prominent galleries Earle joined Disney Studios in 1951 where he worked primarily in styling and background painting (notable the backgrounds of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, 1959).
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Earle returned to full-time painting in 1966 producing new art and limited edition serigraphs however much of this work was not exhibited in his lifetime. Earle was critically acclaimed by major publications and Earle’s work and distinct graphic styling has continued to inspire new generations of artists and animators, serving to influence the look of other animated films, including Disney features like Pocahontas (1995) and Frozen (2013).
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