Edgar Britton Biography

Edgar Britton

American

1901-1982

Biography

Edgar Britton was born on April 15, 1901 in Kearney, Nebraska.  Britton studied at the University Iowa and the  University Kansas and with Karl Mattern and Albert Bloch. He held memberships in Art University, Chicago and the Chicago So Artists.  Britton exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, 1943, 1944 (prize), 1945; Pasadena Al, 1946 (prize); Colo Springs Fine Arts Center 1945, 1946 (prize); University of Nebraska 1945. His work is in the Art Institute of Chicago; Denver Art Museum; Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Pasadena Al; University of Nebraska; USPOs, East Moline, Decatur, IL; Waterloo, IA Public Library; Dept. Interior Bldg, Washington, D.C.  He lectured on Fresco painting. He taught at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 1947.

Edgar Britton died in April 1982 in Denver, Colorado.  a recent reviewer wrote: "Edgar Britton, who in the 1950s, '60s and '70s was Colorado's most famous sculptor. But last year, nearly twenty years after his death, in 1982, Britton was back in the center ring. Not only was he the subject of a pair of simultaneous shows at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and the Coburn Gallery on the Colorado College campus, but his life and work were the subject of a cogent if unusual monograph written by CC professor Jane Hilberry. The unconventional nature of the Hilberry book is fully revealed by its somewhat outlandish title, The Erotic Art of Edgar Britton. It was good to see one of the best artists in the state finally being given his due."