Category Archives: Fine Art

Arne Kavli (1878 – 1970)

Arne Kavli was born in Bergen, Norway.  He studied at art academies is Antwerp, Paris and Bruges and also trained in Copenhagen.  In 1896 he debuted at the Autumn Exhibition in Oslo first painting in a Neo-romantic style but was gradually influenced by French painting.  He is most associated with portraits and landscapes of southern Norway.  

Arne Kavli was the recipient of the silver medal at the International Graphic Exhibition at Leipzig in 1914, was awarded at Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923 and was the recipient of the King’s Medal of Merit in 1968.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Andrew Faulkner

Admiring these spectacular depictions of our favorite city, San Francisco.  They are the creations of contemporary landscape artist Andrew Faulkner. This Bay Area painter was born into a family of artists, designers, and architects, his paintings fuse the structural sensibilities of his architect father and the often riotous color sense of his interior designer mother. He uses rich color to express a dramatic sense of light and space.  The following quotes from the artist gives us an inkling of his painterly style:

“As a child I celebrated coloring outside the lines. Those loose imperfect marks define my gestural painting style to this day.”  

“Many of my landscapes use what I call an “invented color space” where color is used to break up the composition and achieve a sense of depth and atmosphere that can be open to the interpretation of the viewer.” 

More of his work can be viewed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Andrew Faulkner.

Guy Billout

French artist and illustrator Guy Billout was born in Decize in 1941. After finishing his art training in the city of Beaune, he started to work in the advertising industry before he finally moved to New York City in 1969. His style is described as clean, spare and precise, with lush colors and exquisite craftsmanship. His drawings often deals with quiet irony creating a clever twist on the ordinary life.  In 1989 he received the Hamilton King Award which is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in illustration and in 2016, he was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.

His master portfolio can be found in Graphis.  He is represented in Germany by Margarethe Huber.

Images:  Courtesy of Guy Billout.

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