William Kalwick’s art was greatly influenced by his
late father who had studied with Lajos Markos, a prominent portrait painter.
Kalwick studied with his father until graduating.
He then attended the Arts Student League of New York.
In 1981, Kalwick moved to Houston, Texas to become the protégé of Lajos
Markos. The two made numerous trips
to Europe, especially Italy, where Kalwick experienced first hand the country's
long tradition of powerful images.
In a profile in Focus/Santa Fe magazine, Kalwick was
quoted as saying, “I started with a strong European influence, and now I see
my style changing.” In addition to
Markos, he credits other influences to Sorolla, Repin, Zorn, Serov, and Sargent --
all artists noted for their expressive works.
Kalwick’s paintings cover a wide range of subject
matter. However, he is best known
for his Mexican market scenes, figurative work, and portraits. Recent portrait
commissions include Harold Hook, retiring CEO of American General Corp.; Reese
Jones, international golf course designer; and Paul Merriman, retiring CEO of
In 1998, Kalwick was honored for the second time with a
one-man show sponsored by the United States Embassy at the Museo Ixchel in
In March 1999, Southwest Art magazine featured
Kalwick’s work on the cover and elaborated upon his style in an article titled
“Guatemala Days.” He also was
featured in Art of the West magazine in the July/August 2000 issue. Kalwick’s
portrait painting was featured in Southwest Art magazine in the November 2001
Kalwick has participated in many shows including the
Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California; the
Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, as well as the
annual Gilcrease Museum show.
Kalwick’s paintings hang in collections throughout
North America and Europe. He is
represented by the following galleries: Wadle Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico;
Texas Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Shoal Creek Gallery, Austin, Texas; Wilcox
Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming; Trailside Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; Sylvan
Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina; and Galerie Gabrie, Pasadena, California.