Yin and Yang
Edgar Britton (1901–1982, American)
72 x 96 x 48 inches
Edgar Britton, a prolific painter and sculptor, was born April 15, 1901 in Nebraska. He began his career studying with painter Grant Wood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and then moved to Chicago in 1925 for further study. During his lifetime he was commissioned to complete murals for the federal government's Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Section of Fine Arts in addition to various monumental architectural sculptures. Britton headed west after he contracted tuberculosis and was soon asked to teach at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center from 1942 until 1950. He subsequently taught at the nearby Fountain Valley School. His extensive commissions in Colorado include pieces for the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Brown Palace Hotel, the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado, Denver General Hospital, the Air Force Academy and the Denver Federal Building. Britton received awards for his work including an honor from the Colorado Society of Architects and the Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities. This fountain stood for years in front of the First Bank building in Cherry Creek North, at First Avenue and Milwaukee (building demolished in 2013 for new construction).
Not currently on view
"EB" monogram cast in lower side
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Gift of First Bank, Cherry Creek