Grand Tetons Sunset, Peter Ellenshaw, 1993


Oil on canvas measures 24″ x 36″ unframed, Signed lower left & dated

Signed/stamped on the reverse, label with title (Tetons Sunset).

Framed the painting measures 36″ x 43″

Availability: In stock

Peter Ellenshaw (1913-2007), whose artistic career spanned more than seven decades, was a seascape and landscape painting and also a longtime film maker whose clients included Walt Disney, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Powell and W. Percy Day.  He was an Academy Award winning special effects artist, a motion picture production designer, a concept illustrator and an official ‘Disney Legend.’

Born in London, England in 1913, Ellenshaw was fortunate enough in his early twenties to get a job as an apprentice to W. Percy Day, O.B.E., the British film industry’s foremost special effects artist and matte painter.  Matte shots are realistic paintings done on glass of extended sets or fantasy locations, which are combined with scenes of actors in real sets.  Day, the Royal Academy trained artist, took Peter Ellenshaw under his wing, working on such classics as Things to Come, The Thief of Baghdad and Black Narcissus.

After serving in the Second World War as a pilot for the Royal Air Force, Ellenshaw returned to the film industry as a matte artist for MGM’s Quo Vadis.  In the late 1940s Walt Disney approached Ellenshaw to work on the studio’s first live action feature, Treasure Island.  Thus began a professional collaboration and friendship that lasted over 30 years and 34 films.

In 1970, Peter and his wife, Bobbie, moved to the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, and it was there that Ellenshaw created paintings of the rugged Irish coast and the beautiful landscapes of the Emerald Isle.  His works were shown at a special exhibition at the American Embassy in Dublin.  Today a number of his paintings can be seen in collections throughout Ireland including Adare Manor, Dromoland Castle, Waterville House and Ashford Castle.

Continued travels took Ellenshaw to many spectacular locales where he expanded his subjects to include the Himalayas, Monet’s garden at Giverny, the Mojave desert, San Francisco and New York cityscapes, America’s Cup yachting, and famous golf courses throughout the world.