F R E D E . S A L M O N , J R . o i l p a i n t e r Copyright © 2000-2011 by Fred E. Salmon, Jr.
Fred E. Salmon, Jr.
About the Artist
(portrait sketch from life by Yoko Radke oil on canvas 16"x20")
Fred grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. His early interest in art was manifested in copying cartoons as a child and later progressing to drawing portraits from photographs while in high school. Although having a strong interest in the visual arts, he went on to study science at the University of Hawaii earning a BS degree in electrical engineering. After a career in the telecommunication industry and later as a consultant in microwave and satellite transmission, Fred retired and set to build an avocation in fine art.
While mainly self-taught in the fundamentals of representational art, he pursued his passion in drawing under the mentoring of the late Franz Griessler, an Austrian-born artist and a contemporary of Egon Schiele. He also took workshops to further his craft with the noted watercolorist Robert E. Wood and oil painters T. M. Nicholas, Kevin MacPherson, Ken Auster, Scott Christensen, and Jove Wang. Watercolor was his choice of medium when he started painting but in 1997 he shifted his focus to oil painting. In his quest to become a proficient draughtsman, he continues to hone his drawing skills in a disciplined regimen of drawing the human form from life. He considers the human figure an unending source of inspiration by virtue of its complexity of form, beauty, and grace and revered universally as an art form when successfully executed in any medium. Outside the studio, he especially enjoys the challenge and the process of plein air painting: reacting to the visual elements of shapes, patterns, and color that attract attention and using them to articulate the emotional response. Whether the subject matter is landscape, seascape, figurative, portrait, or still life, and regardless of the medium, Fred strives to capture the essence of place, truth, mood, atmosphere, and the elusive quality of light in his art. While his art is constantly evolving in form and content, he views himself as an impressionistic realist.
Over the years his art has earned awards and recognition. He is represented by Robyn Buntin Gallery and Cedar Street Galleries and his artwork have been collected by patrons nationally as well as internationally. He lives with his artist wife Ingrid in Honolulu and they divide their time between painting and traveling the world.
Selected Shows, Awards, and Publications
2008 Accepted into Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Juried Exhibition hosted by Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
2007 Featured in North Light Book, Stroke of Genius - the Best of Drawings
2001 Featured in an interviewed article, “Bold Portraits,” in American Artist magazine
1999 Awarded the Annual Excellence in Book Illustration by the Hawaii Book Publishers Association
1997 Collection by the State of Hawaii Art Museum
1995-2006 Won numerous awards in Juried Exhibitions in Hawaii
Oil Painters of America, Associated Member in 2007
Plein Air Painters of Hawaii, Signature Member