Those who participate in the highly anticipated 2017 Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE) in April will rub elbows with a living legend as he receives a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Renowned contemporary landscape painter Karl Dempwolf will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from PleinAir magazine Publisher B. Eric Rhoads and Editor-in-Chief M. Stephen Doherty on the opening night of PACE, in San Diego.

“Waiting for the Tide to Turn,” by Karl Dempwolf, oil, 18 x 24 in.

Dempwolf is known for his colorful, painterly, and expressive renditions of the California landscape, which evoke the feel of early California painters like Edgar Payne, William Wendt, Guy Rose, and others who influenced Dempwolf in his career. The artist also creates most of his own frames. According to Jean Stern, executive director of the Irvine Museum, “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.”

“Villicana Vines,” by Karl Dempwolf, oil, 17 x 24 in.

Dempwolf was born in Germany and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1954, when he was 14. He 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.

“Trespassing on Hearst Property,” by Karl Dempwolf, oil, 16 x 23 in.

Dempwolf’s work has been exhibited at leading museums including the Autry Museum of Western Art; the Fleischer Museum in Scottsdale; the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry; the Santa Paula Art Museum in Ventura County, California; the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, California; the San Luis Obispo Museum; Malibu’s Frederick Weisman Museum; the Phippen Museum in Arizona; the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California; the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California; and dozens of others.

“Grand Canyon Sunset,” by Karl Dempwolf, oil, 20 x 24 in.

Dempwolf is a signature member of the California Art Club. His works are in the permanent collections of Arts for the Parks and McGraw Hill Publishers.

“At the Treeline,” by Karl Dempwolf, oil, 16 x 20 in.

The award will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the 6th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, being held in San Diego April 24-28. PACE is the largest gathering of landscape and plein air artists in the world. To learn more, visit


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