Dr. Bernard Widen retired from dentistry in ’86 and discovered art in ’87 (after a planned retirement in dental research didn’t work out).

Progressing through acrylic, colored pencils and watercolor, he found oil painting suited his temperament and provided “pigment power” to execute the strongest rendering.

The artist’s subject matter is varied, however, he prefered painting people, particularly portraits and recently completed a commission for Senator Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio.

Dr. Widen’s goal was to capture the essence of any subject, paint beyond those parameters and create an exciting emotional experience that causes the viewer to say “WOW”.

Dr. Widen passed away at the age of 96, his future contributions the the art world will be missed. Enjoy what he has created.

Online Gallery of Chicago Artist Dr. Bernard Widen (1920-2017) – Oil Paintings