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Aethelred Eldridge

Born: Apr 21, 1930

Birthplace: United States of America

Nationality: United States

Aethelred Eldridge

Date of Birth : Apr 21, 1930
Birth Place : United States of America

?thelred Eldridge is an academic and avant-garde painter. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Ohio University School of Art where he has been teaching since 1957. He is best known for his black and white art accompanied by esoteric writings inspired by William Blake, and the founding of a "Church of William Blake" not far from his home in Athens, Ohio. The church eventually burned down; Eldridge still claims arson Prior to teaching, he was a college football player at the University of Michigan, a pilot and an officer in the U.S. Navy. His classes are hard to define and almost function as performance pieces. According to Ron Kroutel, professor emeritus of art at Ohio University: "the School of Art gave him his own curriculum. His style does not cleanly fit into any specific category of art." Students at Ohio University will know his 50 by 80-ft mural on a wall on Seigfred Hall. ?thelred is listed in the Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, which characterizes his works as "self-described 'invective pamphlets' are both cryptically pedantic, and at times autobiographical, all within his own mythopoeia. ...

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