Oil Paintings

Karl Dempwolf is one of the artists featured in this year's The Luminous Landscape (see our Exhibitions & Events page), which runs through January, 2017.

We are honored to represent this renowned contemporary landscape painter and pleased to announce he will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Plein Air Magazine, on the opening night of the 2017 Plein Air Convention & Expo in San Diego, CA. The award will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the 6th annual convention, April 24-28, 2017. PACE is the largest gathering of landscape and plein air artists in the world.

Karl Dempwolf is a longtime member of the California Art Club and a master painter steeped in the tradition of painters including William Wendt, Franz Bischoff, Hanson Puthuff and Guy Rose. As a colorist he is more resonant with 20th Century Expressionism, and the boldness of his work is much more sympathetic to aspects of Modernism than a reprise of older styles. Also an avid plein air painter, Dempwolf exploits the scenic beauty of the California coast, its valleys, mountains, and - occasionally - urban boundaries. Dempwolf continues to travel around the country to work on location at National Parks and other scenic areas. He currently makes, carves, gilds and finishes his own frames - a tribute to his high standards and respect for the Arts and Craft traditions his personal art (and sense of craft) draws from. Karl has garnered many awards and a loyal collector base for his work. (Artist narrative continues after images.)

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Over the years Dempwolf has participated in exhibitions including: the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu, the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ, the Carnegie Art Museum in Ventura County, CA, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, and the Pasadena (CA) Museum of California Art.

Dempwolf's work can be found in publications from North Light Books, entitled Art from the Parks. His paintings are in the permanent collections of large corporations, among them McGraw-Hill Publishers and the National Park Foundation. Dempwolf's recently published book, A Painter's Journey, is available, hard- and soft-bound, through the gallery or his web site.

Karl Dempwolf was born in Germany and spent his childhood growing up in the picturesque Bavarian countryside. At the age of fourteen he and his family immigrated to the United States on the Steamship America. Dempwolf received his B.A. from California State University Northridge, CA, where he will always be recognized as that institution's first All American Athlete. Karl studied under artist Hans Burkhart and trained at the Art Center of Design. He received a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Southern California in 1974.

Dempwolf continued his art education by attending Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California, getting his Masters degree in 1974. Also in 1974, he won the coveted CINE Golden Eagle award for his film, "The Story of a Craftsman". The same film also won the Silver CINDY award and Best of Show at the Bellevue International Film Festival in Washington State. His film career ended when painting became his passion. Wendt, Rose, Puthuff, Payne and Ritschel became his artistic icons.