Karl Dempwolf - Morn in the Valley - Oil on Canvas -
Painted in December of 2006, and subsequently repainted by the artist in 2010, 2013, 2014. This area of Green Valley Road is a perennial subject for the painter, one he knows deeply. And this extraordinarily vivid example of modern California Impressionism by one of its foremost practitioners makes you see why. A canvas, judging by his care for it, that he has been assiduous in returning to. it's pretty spectacular.
Canvas measures 36" x 24", and the frame 43 1/2" x 31 1/2".
Karl Dempwolf is a contemporary California Plein-Air Painter who is known for his California Landscapes. He is a Signature Member of the California Art Club (f. 1909), and serves in its Advisory Board of Directors. Karl Dempwolf was born in Delmenhorst, Germany. In 1954, at the age fourteen, he and his family immigrated to the United States aboard the S.S. America, at the request of the Lockheed Corporation, where his father was to serve as an aerospace engineer. Dempwolf attended Van Nuys High where he played Basketball, then continued his education at California State University, Northridge where he studied art and photography, and became the school's very first All-American athlete.
His training includes the Art Center College of Design (1969) and studies with Hans Burkhardt. He also has a master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California (1974). In the mid 1970s, with an interest and a background in art and photography, Dempwolf enjoyed a first career as an award-winning producer and director of documentaries.
With time, however, painting emerged as Karl Dempwolf's true passion, paricular under the influence of the American Impressionists. Additionally, the American Arts & Crafts Movement has been an inspiration for Dempwolf. The movement professed the idea that Art gives the viewer a much needed spiritual lift. Jean Stern, Executive Director of the Irvine Museum in Irvine, California, writes: "…Karl’s paintings are richer with the lessons of Modernism. His forceful use of line gives his paintings great strength and intense formal qualities, and his luxurious use of color imparts a profound yet impassioned consciousness."