Carl Bretzke is a representational oil painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein air landscapes. Carl’s work has been described in the Washington Post as “simultaneously intimate and detached…The artist’s unadorned style recalls Edward Hopper and The Ashcan school.” Carl holds an MD degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado, where he also received a minor in Fine Art. Carl has originally trained under Plein Air Painters of America signature artist Joseph Paquet.
AWARDS/RECOGNITION 2018 Plein Air Salon Oct/Nov – Best Nocturne and 2nd place overall 2018 Grand Marais Plein Air – Best of Show 2018 May BoldBrush Painting Competition – Best of Show 2018 Carmel Art Festival – 2nd place and Honorable Mention 2018 Plein Air Salon – Honorable Mention 2017 Oct/Nov Plein Air Salon – Best Oil 2017 PleinAir Texas 2017 – 2nd Place 2017 Grand Marais Plein Air Red Suspender (Previous Winner) Contest – 1st Place 2017 Maui Plein Air 2017 – Collector’s Choice 2016 Plein Air Salon – Grand Prize Winner 2016 Grand Marais Plein Air – Best of Show 2016 Door County Plein Air – Best Of Show 2016 Carmel Art Festival 2016 -Plein Air Magazine Award Of Excellence -1st Place Quick Paint 2016 Oil Painters Of America – Associate Member 2016 Lighthouse Plein Air, Tequesta, Florida – 1st Place 2015 Grand Marais Plein Air 2015 – 1st Place Quick Paint, 1st Place Red Suspenders Contest (previous Grand Marais winnners) 2015 Telluride Plein Air – 1st place by Artists’ Choice 2015 Carmel Art Festival – Artists Choice, 2nd place, Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine Award 2015 PleinAir Salon Feb/March 2015 edition – Best Oil 2015 Lighthouse Plein Air 2015 Jupiter, Florida – Quick Paint category, First Place 2014 Aspen Plein Air – First Place by artists’ choice 2014 Plein Air Salon April/May 2014 Edition – First Place 2014 Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LAPAPA) Signature Member 2013 Plein Air Grand Marais: 1st place overall. 1st place Nocturne Category 2013 Plein Air Salon Oct/Nov 2013 Edition – First Place