Oil Paintings

Karl Dempwolf has been a dynamic presence in the gallery since 2002. He has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibits, including our annual The Luminous Landscape invitationals. A selection of his smaller work is currently on view in our holdings gallery. Paintings available through the gallery are shown below. For these works, prices range from $1,200 to $3,800.

It is an honor to represent this renowned contemporary landscape painter. We were ecstatic when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Plein Air Magazine, at the 2017 Plein Air Convention & Expo in San Diego, CA. The award was presented during the opening ceremonies of the 6th annual convention, April 24-28. (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.)

Please click on an image below to display a larger version above. Paintings shown in first grouping are currently available for purchase. All paintings come framed in beautiful artist-made or custom frames.

Paintings displayed below have been sold. Click on thumbnail to display painting.

Paintings displayed below may still be available for purchase (contact us).

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. Though currently out of print, Dempwolf's beautiful published book, A Painter's Journey, may still be available, hard- or soft-bound, via Web search). His most recent publication is Karl Dempwolf: Small Plein Air Sketches in Oil, softbound and available through the gallery, artist or online.

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 College of Design in Los Angeles. He received a Master of Fine Art from the University of Southern California in 1974.

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.