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Philip Clarkson Elliott

Philip Clarkson Elliott

Born: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.

Philip Clarkson Elliott (1903-1985) was a noted Buffalo, N.Y.-based painter, photographer, teacher, and lecturer known for his modern industrial landscapes, marine scenes, and cityscapes. He primarily worked in oils and watercolors, but also worked in pencil, pen & ink, and charcoal. Over the course of his career, his work slowly moved from realism towards abstraction.

Born in Minneapolis, he studied art at the University of Minnesota from 1921-23, and received his B.F.A. from Yale University in 1926. He furthered his studies in Paris.

Elliott was assistant professor of fine arts at the University of Pittsburgh from 1934-40; in 1941 he became the director at the Albright Art School in Buffalo and served there until 1954. He then taught full time as a professor of painting & drawing and was one of the founders of the Department of Art at the University of Buffalo, alongside his wife, noted Buffalo artist Virginia Cuthbert-Elliott (1908-2001). He became the first chairman of the department, serving in that position for fifteen years until 1969. He established, along with his wife, the Philip C. and Virginia Cuthbert Elliott Painting Scholarship at the University at Buffalo, which is awarded annually to a junior majoring in the painting art program.

Like his wife, Elliott started drawing at an early age. When he was seven years old, he illustrated a letter to Santa that read, “Dear Santa Claus: I will be good boy. I sent you a letter the other day … and I hope I will get a great many toys and I will hope you will bring the poor little childrdn (sic) a lot of toys.” The letter and drawing were later exhibited at the “Retrospective-Virginia Cuthbert and Philip Elliott”, Charles Burchfield Center 1971, Buffalo State University College, Buffalo, NY.

Adapted from Mark Strong, "Philip Clarkson Elliott,", which contains additional biographical information and other resources.(Accessed 12/30/2011)