Eyvind Earle (1916-2000) Part II

Earle returned to full-time painting in 1966, producing watercolors, oils, sculptures, drawings, scratchboards, and limited-edition serigraphs. These works were mainly not exhibited in his lifetime. 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. These have included the Disney features “Pocahontas” and “Frozen”, as well as the graphic style of Sony’s first computer animated film “Open Season”. The Banner Saga, a video game by developers Stoic, draws heavily from Earle’s style and contains a character named after him. He is credited for ‘Artistic Inspiration’.


In 1998, Earle was honored at the 26th Annie Awards with the Winsor McCay Award for a lifetime achievement in the art of animation. In 2015, in a presentation at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, Earle was inducted as a Disney Legend. His daughter, Kristin Thompson, accepted on her father’s behalf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rahr West Art Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum have purchased Earle’s works for their permanent collections. His works have also been shown in many one-man exhibitions throughout the world.

See the beginning of this article in part I



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