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"Carel Brest van Kempen has brought a singular vitality to wildlife art. Uncompromisingly detailed and artfully composed, his work is at once vivid and startling, depicting seldom-illustrated species engaged in life's struggles -- alive. To view his work is to be pulled into the drama and diversity of life." --William W. Lamar, University of Texas, Tyler 1 comment


Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen has spent brief periods living in many places, but has never felt compelled to move his stereo out of Salt Lake County, Utah, where he was born and raised. A self-taught artist, he has painted full-time since 1989. He is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, and is a five-time recipient of their highest honor, the Award of Excellence. His work has been exhibited worldwide in such venues as The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History, The British Museum and The National Museum of Taiwan. He is kind to small children and often gives spare change to panhandlers. Carel has illustrated a number of books and authored one. He lives with his conscience in Salt Lake City.


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