Arthur Bjorn Egeli
Oil on canvas
11 x 14
“I believe a good painting is both universal
and specific at the same time. A
portrait of a child should not only be a perfect likeness of the child, but
should tell us something about all children.”
Arthur Bjorn Egeli was born in Valley Lee, Maryland in 1964 to a prominent family of noted artists. He is the grandson of portrait painters Lois Baldwin Egeli and Bjorn Egeli, who painted official portraits of Richard Nixon and Dwight D. 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, cousin of artist Lisa Egeli, and brother of artists Anastasia Egeli Deppe and Ingrid Egeli McGuckian.
Arthur studied color with Impressionist Henry Hensche and the figure with his father and grandfather. In 1989 he moved to Pasadena, California, to follow his interest in art and filmmaking. He successfully developed his own identity as an artist by fusing Hensche's color theories and his parents' academic realism with a plein air style. In 2001 he received the Award of Merit by the Portrait Society of America and the William Schultz Award for Oil Painting by the American Impressionsts' Society. In 2002 and 2004 the Portrait Society of America awarded him with a Certificate of Recognition, and in 2009, he won the figure prize at the Gold Medal Exhibition.In 2010, his painting, “The Audtion” was named as one of the best American Portraits of 2009. In his filmmaking career, he received the Jury Prize at the Hampton's International Film Festival and a Gold Medal at the Houston Film Festival for The Art of Passion, a feature film about the coming-of-age of a young painter. Arthur Egeli is an Artist Member of the California Art Club, American Impressionist Society, and the Portrait Society of America.
He currently spends winters in Pacific Beach, Washington, and summers in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he and his wife Heather opened Egeli Gallery in the summer of 2006. He gives workshops in Tuscany, Italy and Seabrook, Washington each year.