Carl Bretzke, Painter
Carl Bretzke

Artist Profile

Carl Bretzke is a representational oil painter who specializes in urban scenes and plein air landscapes.

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.



2017 PleinAir Texas 2017 - 2nd Place

2017 Grand Marais Plein Air
- Red Suspender (Previous Winner) Contest - 1st Place
- 3rd Place (Overall)

2017 Carmel Art Fesitval - FAC Award of Excellence

2017 Maui Plein Air 2017 - Collector’s Choice

2017 Lighthouse Plein Air - Honorable Mention

2016 Plein Air Salon - Grand Prize Winner

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 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



Grenning Gallery Holiday Show
Sag Harbor, New York
December - January 2016/17

LPAPA Signature Impressions Group Show
Huntington Beach, CA

Russian /American Alliance
Grenning Gallery
Sag Harbor, NY

3 person show
Flanders Gallery
Minneapolis, MN

Settlers West Summer Show
May 7, 2016
Settlers West Gallery, Tucson AZ

Grenning Gallery April 2016
3 Person 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



Susan Calloway Fine Arts
Washington, DC

Douglas Flanders & Associates
Minneapolis, MN

Grenning Gallery
Sag Harbor, NY

Settlers West Gallery
Tucson, Az



OutdoorPaintiner PleinAir Podcast: Episode 51 – Carl Bretzke’s Transformation Featured Artist

Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Plein Air Magazine, November/December 2016 issue. Read the article here.

Anatomy of an Award Winner: Carl Bretzke, PleinAir Collector Read the article here.

Plein Air CoverCarl Bretzke won the PleinAir Salon $15K Grand Prize at the Plein Air Convention & Expo

A Joyful Sense of Urgency - Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Emerging Artists - Southwest Art Magazine
Carl Bretzke's impressionistic landscapes depict everything from snow-covered streets of downtown Minneapolis to the azure skies and sandy beaches of Southern

"What the Doctor Sees" - PleinAir Magazine profile by Bob Bahr - See the full article (PDF)

American PsycologistAmerican Psychologist Feb-March 2016, Cover and article

PleinAir Magazine coverage of the Winners at the Carmel Art Festival

Fine Art Connoisseur magazine - California Impressionism Lives On

Washington Post Review of Carl Bretzke's One Man Show 2015

Feature article in the January 2015 edition of Plein Air Magazine's Outdoor Painter

Interview with Peninsula Pulse

Judson's Art Outfitters Artist Profile

The Georgetown Dish article regarding opening at Susan Calloway Fine Art Gallery in Washington, DC.

PleinAir Magazine Articles about Carl

PleinAir Magazine Interview

PleinAir Magazine Announces April-May Salon Contest Winners profile Article - City Scenes from the Midwest

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