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 Allan K. Husberg  (1917 - 2008)

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Lived/Active: Arizona/California / Sweden      Known for: landscape, portrait, wildlife and European circus figure painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Allan Husberg came to the United States as a Realist Style Painter, known for his landscapes, portraits, wildlife paintings, using oils as his medium. When he came to the U.S. he painted a lot of European circus figures, but Americans did not appreciate the culture of the circus.

He went to Northern California where he started doing landscapes; he opened a studio in Sedona, Arizona, and in Laguna Beach, California and also had commercial art galleries in Sedona and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Biography from Leanin’ Tree and Sculpture Garden of Western Art:
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Allan Husberg traveled a long and circuitous route to the redwood forests of northern California.  His formal art training at Reichmann School of Art in London was interrupted by World War II, and he returned to Sweden.  After the war he became an art director in the Swedish film industry, emigrated to the United States, and settled in southern California.  There he became a versatile landscapist, returning again and again to his beloved redwood scenes.

As in his Redwood Spring, he is a master at capturing the damp, overgrown floor of the mossy primal forest.  Can you find the deer in this scene?

Husberg says: "I've always been intrigued with light; the depth of dramatic half-darkness like plays of spotlights behind a performing clown.  I have painted hundreds of circus subjects, and the artificial light dancing around the clown makes common surfaces sparkle and glitter. In the redwood forest, the same thing happens.  Piercing rays, shafting through the giant tops cause the dewy surfaces to reflect and sparkle with rainbow hues.  I seek to transfer my impression of that to canvas.  It is only early morning and late afternoon when that highly dramatic effect occurs."

He continues: "I learned that if you put a bright red dot against a bright green dot, they give each other a different value. The French impressionists, Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, and Sisley were men who loved to play with light and shadow and to use hot and cold primary colors to accentuate those excitements."

Husberg paints in somewhat the same way.  He is close to pointillism when using glazes, a challenging way of painting.  You underpaint as anyone would, but in your glazes, you almost break up these areas into molecules.



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