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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dennis Doheny - California's Premier Realist Landscape Painter

Enjoy this in-depth interview with Dennis Doheny!

A third-generation Californian, Dennis Doheny was raised in the Los Angeles area and currently resides in Santa Barbara. Instantly developing an innate love of art, he spent much of his childhood drawing and painting. Self-taught, Doheny ultimately began exhibiting his early works at the Petersen Gallery in Beverly Hills. From 1986 until 1996, Doheny focused on commercial art, until his passion for fine art painting prevailed.

Over the past two decades, Doheny has cultivated a strong local and national following, enticing collectors who are drawn to his heroic renderings of the western landscape.
"Elements of Change"
Oil on linen, 32 x 34

Inspired by legendary California and Hudson River School artists, he has fused and reinterpreted the genres, combining rich color and finely-crafted detail to create a distinctive vision of the American West. 

"Carmel River"
Oil on linen, 20 x 30

Doheny’s vivid landscapes capture California at its most beautiful, with its commanding ocean cliffs, distant hazy mountains, and towering lush trees.

"South Shore"
Oil on linen, 24 x 30

Doheny recently completed this unique night scene, a view of Santa Monica, titled "City Lights".

"City Lights (Santa Monica)"
Oil on linen, 30 x 36

Doheny is the recipient of numerous awards.  In April 2016, he received "The Irvine Museum Prize" at the California Art Club's 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.  In addition, the painting was purchased by the California Art Club, and it will hang permanently at the California Club in Los Angeles.  Previously, he was awarded the Irvine Museum Gold Medal at the California Art Club's 2013 Exhibition.  At the same show, he also received the American Art Collector Award of Excellence.  

In 2009 Doheny was honored to be chosen for the Edgar Payne Award for best landscape at the California Art Club's 2009 Gold Medal Juried Exhibition.  Dennis was also proud to be featured in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition.  In both 2006 and 2008 at the Prix de West, he received the Frederic Remington Award given in recognition of "exceptional artistic merit".  Also in 2006, he was honored with the Inaugural Purchase Prize at the Eiteljorg Museum's "Quest for the West" Exhibition and is proud to be a part of their permanent collection.  In 2003, he was recognized by the Autry National Center and awarded the Masters of the American West Award.  His painting was acquired by the Autry for its permanent collection as well.  He received the Granville Redmond Memorial Purchase Prize in 2000 for his painting "New Dawn" at the California Art Club's Spring Salon and upon his return to fine art, he received First Place in the Carmel Plein Air Competition in 1998.

An integral member of Karges Fine Art, Doheny is represented at our gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Karges Fine Art is proud to be entrusted with the works of one of this generation’s greatest artists, connecting this passionate visionary with discerning fine art collectors.  For additional information, or to inquire about currently available paintings, contact William A. Karges Fine Art by calling (800) 833-9185 or emailing gallery@kargesfineart.com or visit our website at www.kargesfineart.com/dennis-doheny