Welcome to Arne.Kvaalen.com

Arne Kvaalen was born and raised in Montana; he majored in Art at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and later received his M.F.A. for post-graduate work at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

He now lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he continues to work as a painter, having retired from 29 years of teach­­ing art at Purdue University.

About his work, he says:

In the art world of the 1950s and 1960s I learned to appreciate abstract form, sensuous paint, and the brush-stroke. Those years were good training. As I have moved back into realism, the abstract brushstroke has been shaped into tangled grass, weeds, and trees.

Landscape always has been my primary concern. In my early years it was the Western land from which I came. But in the last decades I have discovered the land along the Wabash. It is lush and verdant in contrast to the West, a gift of God to feed the world and inspire artists.

I have worked in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pen and ink, but in recent years I have devoted most of my time to pastel works. The works on paper shown here are a combination of powdered pigment and pastel. The paper is toned initially with powdered pigment as an under-painting, then finished in pastel.

This site showcases some of his paintings.

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