Alan Sonneman

Artists In The Back Country

Alan Sonneman- Landscape Painter
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For the last ten years Alan has spent at least two or three weeks a summer journeying to the pristine environs of the High Sierras, often in the company of his son Lorenz. From these trips he has produced a body of paintings drawn from the tradition of the 19th Century American painters Frederick Church and Thomas Moran.

Alan grew-up in Minnesota on the Mississippi River, attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1975. Since then he has divided his time between the fine arts and the film industry.

He has exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States; most notably the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington,D.c.; The Alternative Museum, NYC; The Southeastern Center for contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; a one person show at the Riverside Museum of Art, Riverside, CA in conjunction with his mural commission for the Riverside Hall Of justice (1992); the Directors Guild of America and most recently the Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, D.C..

He was received several grants and fellowships for his work including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (1985). He has completed commissions for the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA and the Department of Water and Power, Los Angeles, CA.

In film he has contribute to such movies as Cliffhangers, Dante’s Peak, What Dreams May Come, Titanic, AI, and The Matrix Revolution. From 1997 to 2000  he was an artist for Steven Spielberg’s company Dreamworks.

He currently spends his time between Bishop, CA in the Eastern Sierras and Palo Alto, CA.