Karl Dempwolf is a California Plein Air artist, known for his landscape paintings. He is a longtime Signature Member of the California Art Club, and serves on its Advisory Board of Directors.
Dempwolf was born in Delmenhorst, Germany, and spent the war years in beautiful Bavaria, surrounded by sparkling lakes, dramatic hills, misty forests, and the majestic Alps, where he developed his love for nature. While a teen, his scientist father was recruited to serve in the U.S. aerospace industry, and the family immigrated. Karl went on to become the first All American athlete at Cal State Northridge, earning a graduate degree at USC, and received training at Art Center School of Design. Karl's early career as a filmmaker led to the production of "Story of a Craftsman," a documentary about the handmade Calliccio Trumpet, which won the Golden Eagle Award and Best of Show at the Belleview International Film Festival in Washington.
In time, painting became Dempwolf's passion. Inspired by early California artists such as William Wendt, Guy Rose, Charles Reiffel, and Edgar Payne, Karl strove to create paintings which provide the viewer with a spiritual lift as they contemplate the miracles of nature. In 2017, Karl was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Eric Rhoads, publisher of Plein Air Magazine, at the Plein Air Convention in San Diego, California.