About the Artist Gunter Kreil
I’ve been a painter all my life as long as I can remember. I was born in 1939 in Hamburg, Germany. When I was 20, I decided to immigrate to Australia since that country intrigued me with its open spaces kindling my interest in landscape painting.
My paintings, while in Australia gave me the opportunity to explore the desert and get a feel for the native flavor of its people. While there, for two and a half years, the south sea islands of the Pacific became a fixation in my mind. My first stop was Tahiti with its lush and colorful scenery and the genuine friendliness of its people.
In general, the experiences gained during my extensive travels all over the world are part of my paintings. The Polynesian islands, however, were the most significant influence in my artistic career.
Currently my home and studio are in Denmark ,where I have lived for the last 45 years but my travels also took me to Africa, the Mediterranean countries, West Indies and South America.
My travels also included the United States. Besides visiting all the major cities, my interest centered on the southern states such as Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and the Carolinas. Several of my landscape paintings show the beauty of Alabama. Having friends in Alabama enabled me to visit that state several times over the past years.
Most of my paintings are done in acrylics or oil, although watercolor is also one of my favorite mediums.
My work has been widely shown in Denmark and other major European cities.