Peter Ellenshaw Biography
Famous for his landscapes, Peter Ellenshaw is also considered one of
the forerunners of cinematic special effects, having worked for 30 years
as a matte artist at the Disney Studios. Ellenshaw won an Oscar for special
effects in 1964 for his work on the film Mary Poppins. Born in Great Britain,
Peter learned the hightly demanding technique of matte painting, which requires
the realism of photography. His work eventually attracted the attention
of Walt Disney, beginning a professional association that spanned 34 films.
His enthusiasm and his talent were inherited by his children, Harrison and
Lynda, in whom the Ellenshaw tradition for making movie magic continues.
Ellenshaw's art can be found in public and private collections around
the world. He has had many one-man exhibitions, and his Disney art was included
in a retrospective show at New York's Museum of Modern Art. An artist who
continually strives to paint better, Ellenshaw has recently turned his artistic
attentions to painting the world's most famous golf courses. He says of
his career: "The wonderful thing in painting is that one can never
reach the peak of one's endeavor."
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