If you've ever admired the exquisite artwork in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, then you've admired the work of Eyvind Earle. To celebrate the work Eyvind Earle, the Elverhoj Gallery in Solvang, California held an exhibit featuring the most wintery pieces of the one-time Solvang resident.
In his career, Earle not only worked on animated features, he also did book illustrations, magazine covers, commercials, and designed over 800 Christmas cards. That last one came as a surprise even to Earle, as he said he never intended to become a Christmas card designer. "To me, every day is Christmas," he said. "Every creation is divine. Cover the ugliest run-down shack with snow, and it becomes a magic vision of purity."
His winter scenes are breathtaking. Bold lines, vibrant colors, and that characteristic Eyvind Earle whimsy. The Elverhoj not only hung some of his most beautiful paintings of snow covered trees and barns, they also displayed a book of his Christmas cards and played his self-titled documentary on a loop to give a more well-rounded view of the man and the artist.
"I've painted paintings and I'm constantly and everlastingly overwhelmed at the stupendous infinity of nature. Wherever I turn and look, there I see creation. Art is creating... art is the search for truth." ~Eyvind Earle