LAAC, German artist offer plen air workshop here

Published 3:31 am Saturday, October 8, 2016


The LAAC will host German-born artist Guido Frick for a plein air oil painting workshop on Oct. 17, 18, and 19.

Frick says he is truly an outdoor painter.

1008-frick“It might sound overstated, but I really consider nature as my original studio,” he stated in his biography. “It is because of this belief, that I claim the whole American West as my own and personal studio.”

Frick lives half of the year in Europe and travels the other half, almost exclusively through America´s western states. He is especially enthusiastic about Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Utah and Idaho.

In the early 1980s, he met with famous instructor and painter Sergei Bongart, and still considers this encounter as the most influential experience he has ever had as a painter.

“Sergei truly opened my eyes and showed me the way,” Frick said.

By the 1970s, Guido had already studied with Professor Karel Hodr from Prague, a well-respected impressionist painter and art teacher throughout

Europe. Soon his work was shown in exhibits in Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, and most recently in England. He was published in “Maler sehen den Bodensee,” and in 1980 he won the Prix de Salon in Fontainbleau-Paris.

“As a painter I do not like to be labeled,” he said. “I am always crossing the borderline between impressionism and expressionism. In art there should be no border, no fencek, no stop sign. I want to paint free and generous and label-independent…always outdoors, in nature, not in a claustrophobic and restricting studio.”

In Andalusia, his classes will paint for six hours each day. The workshop is $550. A $250 deposit must be paid in advance.

Artist in residence Liz Reid has studied with Frick before and highly recommends his classes.