Monday, January 5, 2015

Eric Bransby, "latrine painter," on NPR

Posted By on Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM

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This weekend, NPR profiled a 98-year-old artist, who recalled his days under the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton, the decades when his beloved figure painting was woefully out of fashion, and his time in the military when he stole out to the latrine to paint at night. It was the only place illuminated after lights out.

That would be local legend Eric Bransby, the subject of an interview by Chloe Veltman that comes with a nifty visual tour of his works throughout the Front Range and the Springs area (the amount of works it shows that have since been "destroyed" really sucks).

The article covers the particulars of Bransby's long career, as well as his fine attitude toward art and life. Bransby discusses his need to draw between two and eight hours each day, or his time at Camp Leavenworth that earned him the nickname "latrine painter." It's a great read, and if you're up for more, you can read our coverage of Bransby here (dig the photo of him with artist Jean Charlot), here and here.

Perhaps most exciting of all, Bransby is currently working on a new mural for Colorado College, which he hopes to complete by his 100th birthday.

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