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Carl Bretzke | 1954 | Minnesota

Artist Bio

Carl Bretzke is a representational painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein-air landscapes. Carl's work has been exhibited extensively in Minnesota and California, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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 also trained extensively under Plein Air Painters of America signature artist Joseph Paquet.

Artist Exhibitions

Art To The Rescue (Group Show)
Sept 4-7 2018
Parker, CO

Bauman | Bretzke
Grenning Gallery
Sag Harbor, NY
5/19-6/18, 2018

Snow Show
Flanders Gallery
Minneapolis, MN

Susan Calloway Fine Arts
November 2017
One Person Show
Washington, DC

Grenning Gallery Two Person Show
Sag Harbor, New York
March - April 2017

Grenning Gallery November 2016
Russian - American Painting Alliance
Sag Harbor, NY

Grenning Gallery April 2016
3 Person Show
Sag Harbor, NY

Grenning Gallery December 2014 - Present
Annual Group Holiday Show
Sag Harbor, NY

Settlers West Gallery 2016
Miniatures Show
Tucson, Az

Settlers West Gallery May 2016
Summer Show
Tucson, Az

California Impressionism 2015
Group Show
Huntington Beach, CA

Susan Calloway Fine Arts 2015
One Person Show
Washington, DC

Douglas Flanders & Associates 2014
Two Person Show
Minneapolis, MN

Traffic Zone 2014/2013/2012/2011/2010/2009
Open Studio Show
Minneapolis, MN

2018 Grand Marais Plein Air - Best of Show

2018 Door County Plein Air - Honorable Mention

2018 May BoldBrush Painting Competition - Best of Show

2018 Carmel Art Festival - 2nd place and Honorable Mention

2018 Plein Air Salon - Honorable Mention

2018 Lighthouse Plein Air - Honorable Mention

2017 Oct/Nov Plein Air Salon - Best Oil

2017 PleinAir Texas 2017 - 2nd Place

2017 Grand Marais Plein Air - 3rd Place Overall

2017 Grand Marais Plein Air Red Suspender (Previous Winner) Contest - 1st Place
2017 Carmel Art Fesitval - FAC Award of Excellence
2017 Maui Plein Air 2017 - Collector’s Choice
2017 Lighthouse Plein Air - Honorable Mention
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 PleinAir Salon $15K Grand Prize
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 Award, 2nd Place Overall and 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
2014/2013/2012/2011/2010 Carmel Art Festival Plein Air Competition: Juried Artist. Honorable Mention 2014/2011. Fine Art Connoisseur Emerging Artist Award 2010
2013 Laguna Plein Air Invitational: The Plein Air Magazine Sponsor Award. The Randee Higby Gallery Sponsor Award
2013 Plein Air Grand Marais: 1st place overall. 1st place Nocturne Category
2013/2012/2011 Groveland Gallery Plein Air Summer Event: Guest Artist
2013 Plein Air Salon Oct/Nov 2013 Edition - First Place

Artist Press
Fine Art Connoisseur | November 2016
Three to Watch


Lake Society Magazine | Winter 2021
Creative Forces


Artist Catalogues
Carl Bretzke 2019
Carl Bretzke 2019

Carl Bretzkes 2019 Catalogue features scenes from Sag Harbor, Minneapolis, and more.

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