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Karl Dempwolf

Karl Dempwolf, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Plein Air Convention and Expo April 2017, in San Diego by publisher Eric Rhoads. Dempwolf first arrived from Germany in 1954 aboard the S.S. America when his father was recruited by the Lockheed Corporation to serve as an aerospace engineer. One of Dempwolf’s paintings recently found its way back to Germany, when President Obama presented “Cypress Veil” 16x20 to Chancellor Angela Merkel as a diplomatic gift in the White House Rose Garden.

Dempwolf attended local middle and high schools, then continued his education at California State University, Northridge where he joined the fencing team and became the school’s first All-American Athlete.
Dempwolf studied at the Art Center College of Design when still located on third street in Los Angeles and later achieved a Masters degree from the University of Southern California. With an interest and background in art and photography, Dempwolf produced numerous educational films and documentaries. One film, The Story of a Craftsman, won the coveted Cine Golden Eagle Award, the Silver Cindy award and the best of show at the Bellevue International Film Festival in Washington State.

With time, painting emerges as his true passion, inspired by Early California artists such as William Wendt (1865-1946) Charles Reiffel (1862-1942) William Ritschel (1864-1049) and others who became his artistic icons. Dempwolf’s book, A Painter’s Journey, was published in 2007, his Small Sketches in Oil book was published in 2018. Dempwolf is a Signature member of the California Art Club, where he serves on the Advisory Board. Much more information is available online at and on Wikipedia.

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