Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Eldridge Hardie
The following information is from Ann Hardie of The Eldridge Hardie Studio and

In August, 2002, Stackpole books is publishing "The Painting of Eldridge Hardie-Art of a Life in Sport," the first book devoted exclusively to the artist's work.

For the sportsman art collector who is deeply enriched by his days in the field or on the water, authenticity of mood in a painting is 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 southernmost tip of South America, to Scotland and all across this country, are joined with his desire to make sporting moments live in his pictures.

He draws on his formal training, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Washington University's School of Fine Arts in St. Louis, and his thirty-five years as a working artist to communicate his vision. His mediums are both oil and watercolor.

In February 2000, The National Bird Dog Museum opened a one-man retrospective show titled "The Art of Eldridge Hardie-A Celebration of the Sporting Tradition." Also, 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.

Recently named the Atlantic Salmon Federation Artist of the Year, Hardie is a long-time supporter of sportsmen's organizations. He has been the Trout Unlimited Artist of the Year and the National Wild Turkey Federation Sponsor Artist, and his designs have been chosen for the Texas Wild Turkey and Quail Stamps. His work appears regularly in "Gray's Sporting Journal," "Fly Fishing in Saltwaters," "Sporting Classics," and "Pointing Dog Journal." His career has been profiled in "Wildlife Art News," and "Southwest Art." He has illustrated numerous books, most recently Jos 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 such as Homer, Frost, Pleissner, Benson, and Ripley, who intimately knew outdoor sport.

"The Art of Eldridge Hardie-A Celebration of the Sporting Tradition," The National Bird Dog Museum, Grand Junction, TN
"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
"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



Meditations on Hunting, Jos Ortega y Gasset, Wilderness Adventures Press
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


Southwest Art* Atlantic Salmon Journal* Fly Rod & Reel
Gray's Sporting Journal* Sports Afield Shooting Sportsman
Sporting Classics* Trout* Flyfisher*
National Wildlife Wildlife Art* Gun Dog
Double Gun Journal* Fly Fisherman Wildfowl
Pointing Dog Journal Ducks Unlimited* Texas Outdoor Journal Retriever Journal Fly Fishing in Saltwaters United Airlines (*artist's profile)
Grouse Point Almanac Field Trial Magazine* Sporting Tales


Atlantic Salmon Federation Artist of the Year
Trout Unlimited Artist of the Year
Texas Wild Turkey Stamp Print & Texas Quail Stamp Print
Artist-in-Residence, Miramichi Salmon Museum, Doaktown, New Brunswick, Canada

Artist-in-Residence, Rivermeadows Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY

View high resolution images of works by Eldridge Hardie when available.