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 William Harry Ahrendt  (1933 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona/Ohio      Known for: historical figure-genre, illustrator

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A resident of both Pine and Scottsdale, Arizona, he paints portraits and figures of Native Americans based on his love of history. His style is that of the Old Masters, and he begins a painting by mixing and applying a batch of egg tempera as the foundation, building light and dark. Later he applies layers of oil paint, and the result is a painting that glows. It is a technique he learned at the Max Doerner Department of Painting and Restoration at the Fine Arts Academy in Munich, Germany.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and took art lessons at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In 1948, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to care for an ailing grandmother, and they fell in love with the landscape. He returned to Cleveland to attend the Cleveland Institute of Art, graduating Magna Cum Laude. However, he was bored by the prevalent Abstractionist movement and toured extensively in Europe for 11 years where he learned the Old Master techniques.

He relocated to Arizona and earned a Master's Degree in Fine Art at Arizona State University. He also had a period as a commercial artist in California and chaired the art department at Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. He contributed many paintings and drawings to "Arizona Highways Magazine" but in 1979, quit his jobs and moved into the mountains at Pine where he and his wife built with their own hands a 4000 square foot house and studio.

Biography from The Legacy Gallery:
William Ahrendt was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1933. He holds a Masters degree in Art History from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art where he won the institute's coveted European Study Scholarship.

William resided in Europe for eleven years, living mostly in Germany where he attended the Munich Academy of Creative Art and studied painting techniques of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

In 1968, William returned to America with a new German born wife, Renate, and brought her to the family home in Arizona. He became the Art Department Chairperson at Glendale Community College from which he retired in 1979 to
concentrate on his fine art career.

William has been contributing editor for "Arizona Highways" magazine where his paintings and historical articles have
been published in over 40 issues. He was featured in "Southwest Art" magazine in June 1994 and "Art of the West" magazine in May 1999.

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