Elton Krafft

(1914, Elkhart, IN –2001, Lake Geneva, WI)

Elton Krafft studied art at the Layton School of Art. He then opened his own advertising studio which he ran for several years before serving in the Army Corp of Engineers during WWII in the South Pacific. When Krafft returned, he was given a one-person show featuring his war work at the Pentagon.

Krafft was married in 1945 to a woman he met at the Layton School of Art and he joined Cream City Outdoor Advertising Company in Milwaukee as an Art Director. Up until his retirement in 1985, he created illustrations for major local firms including Schlitz Brewing Co and pioneered the employment of three-dimensional objects on billboards.

As a painter, Krafft prefered to work as an impressionist and often featured the Wisconsin landscape

Elton Krafft
Kettle Moraine by Elton Krafft
Kettle Moraine
17.5 x 21.5 in.
Street Cars by Elton Krafft
Street Cars
12 x 16 in.
Willows - Honey Creek by Elton Krafft
Willows - Honey Creek
24 x 30 in.