Born in New Zealand, he has had a career in advertising and corporate communication design and illustration.
After a period in Sydney in the 1960s, a challenge to open Wellington’s first graphic design consultancy saw a return to New Zealand. Of all the commissions, the largest was to design the symbol/logo, and related usage, for the New Zealand Post Office’s corporate identity … a huge undertaking.
Earl is a Fellow of the prestigious Chartered Society of Designers, London. Subsequent to his arrival back in Australia in 1978, examples of his work appeared in a New Zealand publication featuring selected designers-artists’ work between the period 1940s to 1970s.
Now mainly working in his favoured medium of watercolour, Earl finds that there are specific challenges and delights to discover and difficulties to conquer … it can be unpredictable, frustrating, uncontrollable … and yet exciting and exhilarating! His aim is to paint a recognisable impression of a subject, to interpret it with swift, calligraphic brush marks … vitality being more important than total accuracy. He has tutored and work has featured in magazines.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists and an Associate of the Royal Art Society.
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