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Wassmann Fine Arts - General Info

Cliff Wassmann • About the Artist

wassmannAfter studying classic landscape and figure painting at the nation’s oldest art school, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Wassmann left the East coast and settled in South Orange County. His style is best described as “contemporary traditional”, mixing classical landscape effects along with an influence from his photography of which he uses as reference for most of his oils.

But the personal experience of being in the environment is just as important in the way the paintings are created. The work captures something that the mind perceives but the camera doesn't. Wassmann adds his superstition, loneliness and love to that which he views with his eyes. A camera usually only captures what is there. Realists at their best perform the miracle of transferring the spiritual experiences inherent to the scene to people who view the painting. Subtle changes in color, contrast and form create a signature sense of depth to his work.

The past several years he has focused on the western coastline, from intimate depictions of local beaches to the rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest. His current series of work is more ethereal, embracing almost mystical lighting and leaving the mind to fill in the details. Many clients comment on the peaceful feeling of his paintings. There is a romantic calmness that emanates from the pieces that set them apart from other contemporary works.

Quietly working away in his 1910 Laguna Cottage home studio his works have been exhibited in New York, Las Vegas, Toronto and for 14 years at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts. His paintings have won numerous awards including third place in the “Arts for the Parks” top 100 landscape painters’ national competition and first place in the 2008 Annual Laguna Beach City Hall juried show.

Regular studio hours are by appointment only. Please email us to schedule.

Featured at the following locations:

Studio 419
(artist's studio)
419 Ocean Ave.
Laguna Beach , CA 92651
(by appointment only)

Festival of Arts / Pageant of the Masters
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
July 7 - Aug 30


Acme Archives Limited
(star wars art)
7575 San Fernando Rd
Burbank , California 91505
(818) 252-1500

Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 9265
June 27 - Aug 31


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All our images (except note cards) are printed on new Metallic Pearl Paper. This amazing paper gives the images a luminosity that must be seen to be believed! All images are matted with acid-free boards and backed with fome-core. The are ready to fit standard sized frames. Larger sizes and custom sizes are available for many prints. Please contact us with your requests. Specialty printing on canvas, aluminum or acrylic is available via our companion site at Fine Art America.

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