Auseklis Ozols; The Romantic Realism of an Artist and Teacher.

Author:Fleischer, Jeff
Position:Brief article - Book review

John Kemp and Auseklis Ozols (illustrator); AUSEKLIS OZOLS; Pelican Publishing Company (Nonfiction: Art) 39.95 ISBN: 9781455624126

Byline: Jeff Fleischer

New Orleans-based painter Auseklis Ozols spent decades producing beautiful work that usually depicts real-life subject matter. His work is now celebrated in John Kemp's book, which features dozens of Ozols's works and shows his versatility.

The book begins with a short biography of the artist, who was born in Latvia, where his family survived German occupation in World War II and time in the Dachau concentration camp. He moved to the United States in 1949. The text describes how Ozols developed his throwback style of painting at a time when modern and avant-garde works dominated the art scene. Color images of the artist's work are grouped into categories.

Ozols is known for the diversity of his techniques; he is rare among modern painters for switching between landscapes, still lifes, and portraits. His landscapes are particularly impressive. Primarily oil works on canvas or linen, they feature vivid colors and textures, and show off Louisiana's natural and human-made...

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