Arne Besser born in Hinsdale, Illinois in 1935, received training as an artist at the Art Center School, Los Angeles. There he studied with John Audubon Tyler and Lorser Feidelsson.
Besser's approach to Photo-Realism is to draw from the urban landscape and nature a suscint "set like" image of reality. His city scenes depict New York street life alive with trading and traders, prostitutes and junkies looking for a fix. These visual images iconify the underside of urban life in a way that elevates this point of view to an almost mythic level.
Born on May 11, 1935, in Hinsdale, Ill., to Henry Besser, a bank owner, and the former Irene Jackson, he graduated from high school in nearby Downers Grove and then went west to attend art school in New Mexico. He also trained at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, under the tutelage of Lorser Feitelson, an artist who, said Mr. Morell, is credited with inventing the “hard-edge” style of painting.
Inspired by John James Audubon, Mr. Besser applied oil to canvas to capture a variety of scenes, from edgy street-life portraits to buildings, landscapes, and animals. “When Arne painted a cat, that cat lived in the canvas,” Mr. Morell said. “You could just about pluck its hairs off.”