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John Russell Wullbrandt
Archie Held

John Russell Wullbrandt

Biography | Work


Born in Santa Barbara, California, John is a self-taught painter who has excelled in many styles, but is best known for his realistic work and sometimes-allegorical images. In fact, his largest body of work can be found in Hawaii on the island of Lanai where it embellishes the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay and the award winning Lodge at Koele.

Following his assignment as artist-in-residence at Villa H.R.H. in the Kingdom of Tonga, he completed a large number of major installations across the country that were commissioned by David Murdock for Castle & Cooke resorts and country clubs. The new Dole World Headquarters in Westlake California serves as a showcase for 14 of his murals that include the towering "Dole Diptych" in the atrium lobby.

Some collectors favor his trompe l'oeil paintings that have become sellouts at all his shows. John was the featured artist for the Magic Realists Show at the Monterey Museum in California.

An international artist with a global presence, his paintings can be found in trophy hotels, public buildings and in private collections.

Currently John is creating a studio and gallery on an historic cattle ranch in Santa Barbara.

Selected Commissions

City and County of San Francisco, California

City of Mountain View, California

Dole World Headquarters, Westlake, California

Artist-in-residence at Villa H.R.H., Kingdom of Tonga

Artist-in-residence for the Inn at National Hall, Westport, Connecticut

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii — Chinoiserie wedding scene to honor the nuptials of Bill and Melinda Gates

Lodge at Koele, Lanai, Hawaii

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Westlake Village, California

Disney World — trompe l'oeil topiary of Walt Disney characters

Intercontinental Hotels: New Orleans, Toronto, San Francisco

Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln, Nebraska

USS Ronald Reagan

Market Street Railway Association, San Francisco, California

Castle & Cooke Resorts: Golden Bear Club in Windermere, Florida | Seven Oaks in Bakersfield, California | Coyote Creek in San Jose, California | Saddle Creek in Copperopolis, California | Pueblo del Sol in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Information on installations in private residences and luminary collectors are available upon request.