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 Arthur Bjorn Egeli  (1964 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Maryland      Known for: seascape, figure, landscape, genre painting

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Biography from Tirage Gallery:
Arthur Bjorn Egeli is descended from a prominent family of noted artists.  He is the grandson of portrait painters Lois Baldwin Egeli and Bjorn Egeli, who painted the official portraits of Nixon and Eisenhower.  His parents, Joanette and Cedric Egeli are among the most sought after portrait painters in the United States.  He is the Grand Nephew of cartoonist Robert Baldwin, Nephew of Artists Peter Egeli and Carolyn Egeli and Mary Lois Ekros.

Education:
1982 – 1988 Maryland Hall, studied with Bjorn Egeli, Cedric Egeli, Joanette Egeli
Studies with Henry Hensche, 1982 – 1985; Class Monitor 1984
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Exhibitions:

2009 “Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden II”, Pasadena Museum of History,
Pasadena, CA
California Art Club 96th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of
California Art, Pasadena, CA
“Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden”, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena,
California
2005 “Nature’s Palette:  Garden Views, Vistas, & Fantasies 1880 – 2005”, Pasadena
Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
Portrait Society of America National Exhibition, Washington, D.C.
2004 “Water Sights”, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
“River Classics”, Galesville, Maryland – Juried Exhibition – Best of Show
“Paint Annapolis”, Juried Exhibition, Annapolis, Maryland – Best Composition
California Art Club 94th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of
California Art, Pasadena, CA, “Arthur Egeli / Armand Cabrera”, Tirage Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2003 California Art Club 93rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2002 Portrait Society of America, Philadelphia, PA
California Art Club 92nd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
American Impressionist Society 4th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Morro
Bay Art Association Gallery, Morro Bay, California
2001 American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, William Lester
Gallery, Point Reyes, California
2000 California Art Club 90th Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Historical Museum, Pasadena, CA
1999 “On Location In Malibu”, The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art,
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
1998 “Arthur Egeli”, solo exhibition, Tirage Gallery, La Cañada, CA
1998    “California Art Club 89th Gold Medal Exhibition”, Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, California
1997 “California Art Club 88th Gold Medal Exhibition”, Los Angeles County
Arboretum, Arcadia, CA
1996 Solo Exhibition, The Gallery Downstairs, Pasadena, California
1994 Solo Exhibition, V.S.V.Q. Gallery, Pasadena, California
1993 Solo Exhibition, West Annapolis Gallery, Maryland

Honors / Awards
Award of Excellence, Portrait Society of America 2005
Certificate of Merit, American Society of Portait Painters, 2002
Award of Merit, American Society of Portrait Painters, Chicago, Ill., 2001
William Schultz Award For Oil, American Impressionist Society, 2001

Bibliography:

California Art Club 96th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Exhibition Catalogue, Pasadena Museum of California Art 2007, p.52
“Performing Arts”, Norman Kolpas, SouthwestArt, November 2004, p. 140.
California Art Club 94th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Exhibition Catalogue, Pasadena Museum of California Art 2004, p. 63.
“Painting with Purpose”, Arthur Egeli, American Artist, August 2004, pp. 18-25.
California Art Club, 93rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Exhibition Catalogue, Pasadena Museum of California Art 2003, p. 64.
California Art Club, 92nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Exhibition Catalogue, Pasadena Museum of History 2002, p. 50.
“Best of Show”, U.S. Art Magazine, December 2001/January 2002, p.55.
California Art Club, 90th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, Exhibition Catalogue, Pasadena Historical Museum, p. 61.
On Location In Malibu, Paintings By The California Art Club, California Art Academy and Museum, Exhibition Catalogue 1999, p. 28, 64.
Southwest Art magazine, July 1999
“Unconditional Love”, feature film 1997, Winner Hampton Film Festival, New York

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
California Art Club, Artist Member
American Impressionist Society
American Society of Portrait Painters
Maryland Society of Portrait Painters


Biography from McBride Gallery:
Arthur Bjorn Egeli was born April 2, 1964 in Valley Lee, Maryland and settled in California. He is best known for his Realist and Impressionist styles and Plein-Air method of painting with oil landscapes, figurative subjects and seascapes.

Arthur Bjorn Egeli is a third generation painter. His Norwegian-American grandfather, Bjorn Egeli, painted official portraits of Nixon and Eisenhower, and his parents, Joanette and Cedric, are well-known portrait painters. There are more than twelve painters in Arthur’s family, including his two sisters, Ingrid and Anastasia, his uncles, Peter and Bjorn James Egeli, his aunts, Mary Lois Ekroos and Caroline Page, and his cousin, Lisa Egeli.

Arthur Egeli began his artistic career at fifteen years of age sketching portraits in the summer on the sidewalk in the resort town of Hyannis on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Graduating in 1982 from Severn School, he was ranked by the National Arts and Talent Search as a Promising Young Artist and as a Distinguished Alumni, he was asked in 1997 to be the commencement speaker at the Severn graduation ceremony.

Awarded a Creative Arts Scholarship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Arthur split his time between college and art class at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Arthur’s parents, Cedric and Joanette, had carefully set up an atelier atmosphere at Maryland Hall, where students could paint and draw from a live model every day of the week. At age 84, Arthur’s grandfather, Bjorn Egeli, commuted two hours twice a week to give Arthur classical training, something that was difficult to obtain during the post-modern period.

During the summers, Arthur Egeli studied color at Provincetown with impressionist Henry Hensche, who became a significant influence on his developing style. Thoroughly grounded in a traditional training, Egeli moved to Southern California in 1989 to follow his interest in filmmaking. His parents disapproved. “Why not pursue something financially sound and practical” they asked, “like painting? You could settle down and plan a career.”

Away from his family, Arthur Egeli was finally able to fuse the influences of Hensche color and his parent’s realism into a style of his own, which combines light and form to create images that reveal more than the objects they depict. He also found a sympathetic atmosphere in California, where a strong tradition of plein-air painters, both past and present, welcomed him.

Arthur Egeli has participated in many exhibitions and shows. A versatile painter, his subjects range from figurative work to maritime, cityscape and landscape. His paintings are in numerous private and corporate collections, including McGraw-Hill Publishing in New York City.

In 2001, he was awarded the William Schultz Award for Oil Painting by the American Impressionists’ Society. In 2001 and 2002, he won the Award of Merit by the Portrait Society of America. Arthur won the Best Composition Award at the 2004 Paint Annapolis Exhibition, sponsored by the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

Memberships:
Portrait Society of America
Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association

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