Name: Arny Karl
Bio: Arny Karl (1940 - 2000) was a pastelist who played an important role in the revival of plein-air painting in southern California in the 1980s and 1990s. A student of Theodore Lukits (see following post), the Italian-born Karl continued the tradition of working directly from nature in the pastel medium that Lukits began in the 1920s. Karl began painting out of doors in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but did not begin exhibiting his work professionally until the late '70s. He also became an important mentor to now-prominent painters like Peter Adams (b. 1952) and Tim Solliday (b. 1952), who made some of their first outdoor painting trips with Karl. The main emphasis in Karl's work was always to capture the unique mood that he saw before him. He was always drawn to nature's more transient effects - the colors of an intense sunset reflected on the face of a cliff, the blue mood of evening or the dramatic effects of a lightning storm. Arny Karl died too young, but his legacy was his embrace of nature's fleeting moments.
Style: Representational. For me there is a 1930s feeling about Karl’s work, which is not to diminish it in any way, but it does seem part of art history.
Navigation: I don’t know who maintains this website – the contact page comes up with an error 404. There is a refereence to a 2008 exhibition, but I strongly suggest you view these pages while they are still online.
Gallery: Karl’s Art: Coastal Views; Mountain Scenes; Desert Vistas; Southern California; Other Subjects.
Image View: Each gallery opens on a new page, where you must scroll from end to end to view the paintings – either use the scroll bar, if visible, or the left/right arrows on your keyboard. Titles and dimensions are mentioned. Download is possible.