His first major project was the 1936 film Things to Come. After World War II, he worked on films like Quo Vadis until he was recruited by Walt Disney Studios to work on their first live action film, Treasure Island. He would go on to work on films like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mary Poppins, for which he won an Academy Award. He retired after doing The Black Hole in 1979, but came back to do matte paintings for Dick Tracy in 1990. His son Harrison is also an Academy Award-winning effects designer.
He was made a Disney Legend in 1993.
After Peter Ellenshaw retired from the film business, he dedicated his life to his passion for fine art painting. Numerous masterpieces were created, of both Disney Fine Art and non-Disney themed subjects, which have been highly collected and are considered extremely valuable.
Mill Pond Press has published "In Their Glory" by Peter Ellenshaw in honor of the victims and survivors of Sept. 11. (9/ 11 Tributes).(Brief Article)
Jun 01, 2002; Mill Pond Press has published "In Their Glory" by Peter Ellenshaw in honor of the victims and survivors of Sept. 11. All proceeds...
Collectors editions, Art World bid Farewell to Disney Legend Peter Ellenshaw.(people IN THE NEWS)(Obituary)(Brief article)
Apr 01, 2007; Peter Ellenshaw, whose artistic career spanned more than seven decades as a renowned landscape artist, motion picture art...