Eldridge Hardie

For the sportsman art collector who is deeply enriched by his days in the field or on the water, authenticity of mood and action in a painting are crucial. The quarry, the texture of the landscape, the weather, light, and season, the people and dogs, the boats all are familiar and treasured elements. Eldridge Hardie’s own bird hunting and fly fishing pursuits, which have taken him from Canada to the Caribbean, the southernmost tip of South America, Scotland and all across this country, are joined with his artistic ability to make sporting moments live in his pictures. That he is at the top of his profession is acknowledged by a long list of honors.

In a Gray’s Sporting Journal review of the book The Paintings of Eldridge Hardie—Art of a Life in Sport, Christopher Camuto calls the artist “as good as any painter alive in depicting not only the beauty of nature but also the subtle psychological tug in any fishing or hunting scene. Eldridge Hardie gets it,” he says.

Hardie was born in 1940 on a small ranch near Boerne, Texas. In 1964 he graduated first in his class with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Fine Art at Washington University in Saint Louis. He has made Denver his home since 1966.

In February 2011 Hardie was honored as the featured Artist at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston. The National Bird Dog Museum chose Hardie for its first ever one-man retrospective show in 2000. He participates annually in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Also, Sporting Classics magazine honored him with its Award of Excellence for Sporting Art, and the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame named him a Legendary Artist. The National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Gilcrease Museum, the American Museum of Fly Fishing, and the Artists of America Show have included Hardie’s work in invitational exhibits. He was the inaugural Trout Unlimited Artist of the Year in 1978 and was named the Atlantic Salmon Federation Artist of the Year in 1994. Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation have commissioned Hardie to produce limited edition prints for their fund-raising art, and five of his designs have been chosen for the Texas Upland Bird, Wild Turkey and Quail Stamps. His work has appeared frequently in Shooting Sportsman, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Double Gun Journal, Sporting Classics, and Pointing Dog Journal. His career has been profiled in Wildlife Art News, and Southwest Art. He has illustrated more than twenty-five books, among them, José Ortega y Gasset’s classic Meditations on Hunting and Michael McIntosh’s Shotguns & Shooting, and he has painted covers for two Roderick Haig-Brown books. Eldridge Hardie carries on the special heritage of artists Winslow Homer, A. B. Frost, Ogden Pleissner, Frank Benson, and A. Lassell Ripley, who intimately knew outdoor sport.

Eldridge Hardie sums up his long career by saying, “I was born to hunt, fish, and make art about these passions.”

INVITATIONAL SHOWS AND EXHIBITS

  • “Eldridge Hardie – Art of a Life in Sport,” A One-man Exhibit, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
  • “The Art of Eldridge Hardie-A Celebration of the Sporting Tradition,” The National Bird Dog Museum, Grand Junction, TN
  • “The Prix de West Invitational Show and Sale,” National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City
  • “Eldridge Hardie-Art of a Life in Sport,” The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
  • “Southeastern Wildlife Exposition”, Featured Artist, Charleston, SC
  • “Robert Wehle/Eldridge Hardie, Sporting Art,” William Secord Gallery, New York, NY
  • “Artists of America,” Colorado History Museum, Denver, CO
  • “Great American Artists,” Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • “The Art of the Cast,” National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
  • “Western Visions,” National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
  • The El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
  • “American Art in Miniature,” Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • “The Artful Angler,” C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT
  • “World of Salmon,” The American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, VT
  • “Atlantic Salmon – A World of Beauty, The Artist’s View,” Boston, MA
  • “Miramichi River Arts Festival,” Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada
  • “IV Centuries of Birds in Painting,” Clarke Galleries, Stowe, VT, Palm Beach, FL, and New York, NY
  • “American Birds: A Flight Through Time,” The Wildlife Experience Museum, Denver, CO

 

PUBLISHED WORK

Books

  • The Paintings of Eldridge Hardie-Art of a Life in Sport, Eldridge Hardie, Stackpole Books
  • The Fine Art of Angling-Ten Modern Masters, Diane Inman, Di-Les Books
  • Meditations on Hunting, José Ortega y Gasset, Wilderness Adventures Press
  • Leaves from a Steelheader’s Diary, John Alevras, Frank Amato Publications
  • Royal Coachman-the Lore & Legends of Fly-Fishing, Paul Schullery, Simon & Schuster
  • Shotguns & Shooting, Michael McIntosh, Countrysport Press
  • Reflections on Snipe, Worth Mathewson, Sand Lake Press
  • Snakefoot-the Making of a Champion, Robert Wehle, The Country Press
  • Pick of the Litter, Bill Tarrant, Lyons & Burford
  • Pheasant Tales (anthology,) Countrysport Press
  • Dancers in the Sunset Sky, Robert F. Jones, Lyons & Burford
  • Bobs, Brush, & Brittanies, Joel Vance, Lyons & Burford
  • Where the Pools are Bright and Deep, Dana S. Lamb, Winchester Press
  • The Fishing’s Only Part of It!, Dana S. Lamb, Amwell Press
  • Pheasants of the Mind, Datus C. Proper, Prentice Hall Press
  • Fisherman’s Summer, and A River Never Sleeps, Roderick L. Haig-Brown, Lyons & Burford
  • Pheasant Hunter’s Harvest, Steve Grooms, Lyons & Burford
  • The Ultimate Fishing Book, Lee Eisenberg, Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Upland Days, William G. Tapply, Lyons Press
  • Better on a Rising Tide, Tom Kelly, Lyons & Burford
  • The Tenth Legion, Tom Kelly, Lyons & Burford
  • The Sultan of Spring, Bob Saile, Lyons Press
  • Goldens Forever, Todd R. Berger, Editor, Voyageur Press
  • The Fly Fishing Anthology, Voyageur Press
  • Hunter’s Log, Timothy Murphy, The Dakota Institute Press
  • Hunter’s Log II & III, Timothy Murphy
  • Art of the Cast, Anthology, Stackpole

 

Magazines

  • Southwest Art*
  • Gray’s Sporting Journal*
  • Sporting Classics*
  • National Wildlife
  • Double Gun Journal*
  • Pointing Dog Journal
  • Retriever Journal
  • Upland Almanac
  • The Chase

*artist’s profile

  • Atlantic Salmon Journal*
  • Sports Afield
  • Trout*
  • Wildlife Art*
  • Fly Fisherman
  • Ducks Unlimited*
  • Fly Fishing in Saltwaters
  • Field Trial Magazine*
  • Yale Angler’s Journal
  • Western Art & Architecture
  • Fly Rod & Reel
  • Shooting Sportsman
  • Flyfisher*
  • Gun Dog
  • Wildfowl
  • Western Art Collector
  • Texas Outdoor Journal
  • United Airlines
  • Garden & Gun
  • Wing & Shot
  • Fine Art Connoisseur

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Featured Artist, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition 2011, Charleston, SC
  • Award of Excellence for Sporting Art 2008, Sporting Classics Magazine
  • Legendary Artist, Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame
  • Artist of the Year, Atlantic Salmon Federation
  • Artist of the Year, Trout Unlimited
  • Sponsor Print, National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Texas Wild Turkey Stamp Print (2), Texas Quail Stamp Print (2) & Texas Upland Bird Stamp Print
  • National Finalist & Central Flyway Artist, Ducks Unlimited
  • Judge, Colorado Bird Observatory Art Show
  • Budweiser Print, Anheuser-Busch Ducks Unlimited
  • Artist-in-Residence, Miramichi Salmon Museum, Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Artist-in-Residence, Rivermeadows Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
  • Artist Profiles:
    KCNC-TV, Denver
    News Channel 3, Memphis
    Prime Sports Cable Network
  • Ducks Unlimited National Wildlife Art Show, Best of Show (2 times)