Aaron Westerberg

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Aaron Westerberg
Judge For: 5th Annual Competition Month #9- June 2011

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Aaron Westerberg is a native Californian who grew up in San Diego.  Aaron was interested in many things until he took a class in traditional life-drawing. Drawing became his focus and he studied at the California Art Institute for two years. He flourished in these classes and expanded his focus to include the study of Edmund Tarbel, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn and other 19th century artists.

These masters of form, color and light have stayed with him as inspiration as he strives to capture the subtleties that express the uniqueness of his subjects.  Aaron says about his connection to classical art – “When it’s something that has been done in the past, you feel a lineage almost like a classical musician would. It’s the same experience those artists before you had, and you can share in that.”

This connection to history can be seen in Westerberg’s style. He sees his paintings as a combination of old world techniques and contemporary subject matter while at the same time striving for elegance and timelessness.  His focus is on values, edges, and brushstrokes as well as a solid use of color and contrast.

Westerberg’s drive for advancing his painting skills ultimately led him to teach. From 2000 to 2005 he taught at the California Art Institute, from 2005 to 2009 he taught at the Los Angeles Figurative Academy.  During this period, his work received attention in several national publications, including the cover of Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing and in 2002 Westerberg was listed in Southwest Art’s annual roster of “Twenty-One under Thirty-One.” In 2007 he was given a feature story in American Art Collector magazine, as well as being named one of the best 24 artists under 40 by Artist Magazine.

Aaron Westerberg is a member of Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America.