William J Jr Kalwick
William J. Jr Kalwick is active/lives in Texas. William J Kalwick is known for Indian/Hispanic genre-figure and landscape painting.
William J. Jr Kalwick
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Biography from Pitzer's Fine Arts
Growing up in New Jersey, William Kalwick Jr. established a studio in Houston, Texas, from where he travels to Guatemala to paint the people and their colorful costumes, a subject that has become his signature work.
He was encouraged in his art talent by his father, William Kalwick, Sr., an artist, and he took classes at the Art Students League in New York where he studied with his father's teacher, Lajos Markos. This influence set the course of Kalwick's painting career. Markos moved to Houston, and Kalwick followed him there and painted with Markos every day for five years.
He credits Markos with teaching him "everything" about light, values, stretching canvases, etc. With him, he painted hundreds of still lifes, landscapes, and portraits, and they painted in many locations from Venice to West Texas. Markos also encouraged him to copy Old Master paintings such as Caravaggio and Van Dyck to learn how to handle lights and darks, forms, and faces.
He had his first gallery show in 1985, and from then has exhibited widely from Italy to Puerto Rico. Living in Texas, he became interested in Latin American subject matter during travels to Mexico. His signature work has become figure and genre depiction of Guatemalan people. He also paints subjects showing the vanishing Mayan Indian culture.
Markos died in 1993, and having married his daughter, Claudia, Kalwick occupied the studio of Markos. He works with a palette of brilliant hues and is committed to a traditional, realistic style.
William Kalwick’s art was greatly influenced by his late father who had studied with Lajos Markos, a prominent portrait painter. Kalwick studied with his father until graduating. He then attended the Arts Student League of New York. In 1981, Kalwick moved to Houston, Texas to become the protégé of Lajos Markos. The two made numerous trips to Europe, especially Italy, where Kalwick experienced first hand the country's long tradition of powerful images.
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In a profile in Focus/Santa Fe magazine, Kalwick was quoted as saying, “I started with a strong European influence, and now I see my style changing.” In addition to Markos, he credits other influences to Sorolla, Repin, Zorn, Serov, and Sargent -- all artists noted for their expressive works.
Kalwick’s paintings cover a wide range of subject matter. However, he is best known for his Mexican market scenes, figurative work, and portraits. Recent portrait commissions include Harold Hook, retiring CEO of American General Corp.; Reese Jones, international golf course designer; and Paul Merriman, retiring CEO of Hisco Corp.
In 1998, Kalwick was honored for the second time with a one-man show sponsored by the United States Embassy at the Museo Ixchel in Guatemala City.
In March 1999, Southwest Art magazine featured Kalwick’s work on the cover and elaborated upon his style in an article titled “Guatemala Days.” He also was featured in Art of the West magazine in the July/August 2000 issue. Kalwick’s portrait painting was featured in Southwest Art magazine in the November 2001 issue.
Kalwick has participated in many shows including the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California; the Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, as well as the annual Gilcrease Museum show.
Kalwick’s paintings hang in collections throughout North America and Europe. He is represented by the following gallery: Pitzer's Fine Arts.
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