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Elskus, Albinas

Birth Year: 1926

Death Year: 2007

Biography: Elskus fled his native Lithuania in 1944 to avoid serving in the Russian army. In 1949 after studying architecture and painting in Germany, he emigrated to Chicago, where he apprenticed with the Karl Hacker Studio. After a trip to Europe in the mid 1950’s, he and his new wife moved to New York where he worked for the George Durhan Stained Glass Studio.  He taught at Fordham University and the Parsons School of Design in New York, at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at various summer art schools. Albin transferred his style of watercolor painting to the stained glass medium.  In 1991 Albin had a stroke which rendered his right hand useless; this resulted in a change to his style, as he learned to paint and draw with his left hand.  His out of print book, The Art of Painting on Glass, has been reprinted by his family, and is the foremost in its field.  Albin’s work appears in churches and institutions throughout the United States and In Michigan, his work is in the pastor's studio of Detroit's Metropolitan United Methodist Church.