Artist of the moment…..Eric Sloane

Eric Sloane was an American artist born to a wealthy family in New York City in the year 1905. A close family friend was the inventor of a font named after him, he was a typographer. The neighbor was Frederic Goudy, inventor of the Goudy font. Sloane was a realist painter who enjoyed painting landscapes and skyscapes.

He sold his first skyscape painting to famed American explorer Amelia Earhardt. Sloane was thought to be the finest painter of clouds and sky of his generation.

Sloane didn’t get along well with his family and ran away at the age of fourteen. Thanks to hanging out with his neighbor Goudy, the artist was well schooled at working with letters and supported himself by painting signs on buildings, whatever he could find. Sloan was able to see the United States as he went cross country eventually making his way to Taos Pueblo, New Mexico.

The artist was very prolific. During his peak he strove to finish one completed painting per day. As he got older sometimes he bought back his earlier paintings just to destroy as he felt his newer work was far superior! He worked mainly with oils on board.

Was inspired by the Hudson River School of painting.

Eric Sloane was married five times over his lifetime.

The artist passed away in 1985.

Sloane was also a prolific writer over his lifetime creating 38 books. A favorite subject were early American tools. Not only did he write a book on them, but his paintings and personal collection of tools of the time are considered top notch.

What an interesting story and artist and to close an amazing story about a public commission completed by Eric Sloane. Keep in mind he was 71 years old at the time! Sloane was asked to compete his largest mural at 7 stories high and the length of half of a city block. It was for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. It took him less than 2 months to finish!

Price range information: The artist worked with oils and oil tempura and prices range $5,000 to $50,000.


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