Image Credit: Eldridge Hardie (American, b. 1940) Fish Creek Afternoon, 2007 Oil on canvas El Paso Museum of Art Foundation
The El Paso Museum of Art invites the public to the museum as it inaugurates its first exhibition of the acclaimed artist of sporting art, Eldridge Hardie: Art of a Life in Sport on Sunday, October 23.
Hardie has been painting the outdoors sportsman lifestyle, in which he has been an active participant, for more than 50 years. The exhibit includes more than 20 oil on canvas and watercolor paintings as well as drawings selected from the artist’s long career.
To depict his subjects with authenticity, Hardie researches the creatures he depicts, as well as the local weather, vegetation, and geology. His understanding of and involvement with all aspects of sporting life enable him to focus on key moments of the varied experiences he reveals.
Hardie, a Texas-born artist, grew up hunting and fishing in the El Paso area. He moved to Saint Louis to study painting at the Washington University School of Fine Art and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1964.
After college, he met Tom Lea, who arranged several portrait commissions. Since 1966 Hardie has lived and worked in Denver, Colorado. He has exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the C. M. Russell Museum, and the American Museum of Flyfishing.
Hardie’s 2001 painting In Rough Country won the Texas Quail Stamp Award in 2002.