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Karl Dempwolf spent his childhood growing up in the picturesque Bavarian countryside but at the age of fourteen he and his family immigrated to the US on the Steam ship America. Dempwolf received his BA from California State University Northridge CA, where he will always be recognized as that institution's first All American Athlete.

Dempwolf continued his art education by attending Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California, getting his Master’s degree in 1974. Also 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. His film career ended when painting became his passion. Wendt, Rose, Puthuff Payne and Ritschel became his artistic icons.

Selected Exhibitions

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, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art

Selected Collections

His paintings are in the permanent collections of large corporations, among them McGraw-Hill Publishers, and the National Park Foundation

Selected Press

Books: Art from the Parks by Philip W. Metzger and Rachel Rubin Wolf, Published by North Light Books, 2000; A Painter's Journey by Karl Dempwolf, 2007

PleinAir Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award

Artist Advocate Magazine Award of Excellence for Painting at California Art Club’s 98th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, held at Pasadena Museum of California Art

American Art Collector Magazine Award at California Art Club’s 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, held at Pasadena Museum of California Art

Art of California Magazine's Silver and Bronze Discovery awards

Press and Publications

American Legacy Fine Arts featured in American Art Collector Magazine, December 2018

American Legacy Fine Arts Exhibition “A Collector’s Feast” Featured in American Art Collector Magazine, December 2018 Issue

A Collector’s Feast at American Legacy Fine Arts showcases a diverse range of works from 37 established and emerging artists working in both contemporary and classical styles, offered at lower …

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American Legacy Fine Arts presents Karl Dempwolf in Southwest Art Magazine, November 2016.

Karl Dempwolf Featured in Southwest Art Magazine November 2016

California artist has a deep love of nature. When he sets up his paint box, he says “It’s not really important that it’s going to turn into some fantastic painting. …

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