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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 among the most sought after portrait painters in the country.

Arthur 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 (as a Distinguished Alumni, he was asked by Severn to be the commencement speaker at the 1997 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 a classical training difficult to obtain during the post-modern period. During the summer, Arthur studied color with impressionist Henry Hensche, who became a significant influence on his developing style.

Thoroughly grounded in a traditional training, Arthur 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."

Nearly fifteen years later, Arthur lives in Pasadena with his wife, Heather Egeli. He is a full-time painter and regularly exhibits his paintings in Southern California, including the California Art Club's Annual Gold Medal Exhibition. He has had many exhibitions and shows, and 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. On any given afternoon, Arthur may be found giving a plein air workshop called "Color Bootcamp" in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco.

"As an artist, I hope to show the viewer things he has never seen before, or a new way to look at his everyday world. It could be the warm afternoon on a gracious and grand structure, the emptiness in a high desert landscape, or an intimate moment shared by two young women in a café. I hope that my painting style honors the traditions of the past, but adds to that legacy by reflecting our times."

For more information on Arthur and to see more of his work visit his web site at www.arthuregeli.com


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