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Elbert Hindley Eastmond
(American Fork, Utah, 1876 - 1936, Provo, Utah)
Known primarily as an art teacher rather than as an artist, Elbert Eastmond's studio work is only just now becoming quietly appreciated some 60 years after his death. He spent the majority of his adult life as a teacher and art department head at Brigham Young University; teaching there from 1921 to 1936 (the year in which he died). His students were numerous, and they frequently recalled his positive influences on the development of their own careers as artists and teachers.
After years of study at the Art Institute of Chicago, New York City's Pratt Institute, instruction from then-acknowledged European master teachers, and finally, at the Universities of Washington and California (Berkeley), he settled in Provo. Until recently, his best-known art productions were his engraved and etched prints, many of which are still available. He is less well-known for his oil painting, some recent examples of which have come to light in the past few years.
The influence of artists and teachers, who were Post-impressionists, may be seen in his late oil paintings. He used his brushes and pigments to create a sense of wind movement and to produce vibrant (though not bright) colors in the trees and shrubs. Many of his later paintings are similar in design and execution to California painters of the 1920s and '30s, whose paintings were Impressionistic, with saturated color, and rich but not garish hues.
Elbert H. Eastmond was an important Utah artist of the early twentieth century whose importance is just now beginning to be realized and appreciated.