Gallery Artists > William H. Ahrendt Biography :

William H. Ahrendt (b. 1933)  Artworks >>

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. Source

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