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I'm Karl Haglund. I am the sole photographer and owner of Fugitive Art LLC, aka., Fugitive Lens, aka., Karl Haglund Art and Photography.

In 2012, I started a series of guitar paintings that soon gained worldwide interest. One year into a Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Northern Iowa, I left to pursue being an artist full-time. I have shipped my art and art prints all over the world. I consider myself extremely blessed.

I work primarily with acrylic paint for its dry time - to accommodate my impatience.

I also heavily use: Spray paint, Marker, and Pencil.

I use brushes. But, lately have been using items like ink rollers, squirt bottles, scraps of cardboard, tape ...and whatever else may be handy to spread, spray, and splash paint onto the canvas.

I explore recognizable shapes but also like the freedom of the unrecognizable - choosing to focus primarily on shape, color, and pattern.

Soon my painting addiction led to photography. I approach photography in much the same way that I approach painting. I try to do something that is unique and as well, something that challenges my ability. My goal is always to create a unique and interesting final product. I take your memories seriously in this regard and I am always honored to capture these moments with you. Photographs of family members and special events are valuable items. The moment is gone, but the picture remains. I like being a part of that.

I am married to the best, Jenna. We have two kids: Anders and Lela. We love to travel, go hiking, go on family bike rides, and do anything else that gets us outside when the weather is nice.

Other Guitar Projects:

Ryan Adams' Buck Owens American Acoustic

Johnny Cash's 1959 Gibson J-200

Jimmy Page's 1971 Gibson EDS 1275

Earl Scruggs' 1930 Gibson Granada Mastertone

Bo Diddly's Guitar Box-Gretsch

Karl Haglund Artist and Photographer

"Guitar Projects"

Recent Project:

Jason Isbell 1959 Les Paul Red Eye.

In mid-February of 2019 I was contacted by Jason's label - Southeastern Records - to do a painting of his 1959 Gibson Les Paul "Red Eye" guitar for the release of Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit's new album Reunions. The idea was to do a run of prints that would be given away with sales of this album at independent record stores. I think the coronavirus changed the idea a bit, so that it would be part of a pre-order deal, but still just through indie record stores.

Independent record stores have been really good to me over the years, so I jumped at the chance. The prints are all gone now (as far as I know) and the original painting is sold. It was great to be a part of.

While this print and original are gone, I still have other guitar prints for sale in my Etsy shop here:

Jason Isbell's 1959 Gibson Les Paul Red Eye

John Lennon's 1958 Rickenbacker 325 Capri

Bill Bragg's 1983 Burns Steer

Woody Gutherie's 1945 Gibson Southern Jumbo

Nobody Gets Out Alive-Karl Haglund

My Art

& Other


Often Break

Words and music by Dave Granger and Clark Williams

Arranged by Clark Williams

October 1980

Time: 6:16

(Click our picture to listen to the original cassette recording)

If ever it's a rainy day

I pack myself up in my room

Then chase all the clouds away

Get myself back to you


Well I know that you're going to cry

Tears are running from your eyes

A piece of my love you take

Is one that so often break

If ever you're miles away

I'll think of you the way you are

Your shining hair your ruby lips

Then it don't seem quite so far

Harmonica lament break:


Very long jam session:

Repeat 2nd. verse


I Won’t Touch/Taking a Ride

Words and music by Dave Granger and Clark Williams

Arranged by Clark Williams

October 1980

Time: 9:40

(A song about getting over from being bullied)

You might think I've hidden my shame

of things I've said and done

Who am I to play this silly game?

When there's no way to tell if I've won

No way to tell if I've won


I won't touch

No, I won't feel

Won't hurt as much because it won't even seem real

Won't feel pain

No, and I won't feel sorrow

I'll just wait and wonder who I am tomorrow

Quick Harmonica break:

And freedom is something that everybody needs

But you can't chase it blindly

You can't run but must walk proud

No peace of mind comes with its finding

Peace of mind sure is fine, sure is fine

I'd like to find peace of mind


Eclectic guitars and forsaken dreams

Are kept in closets to hide them

I think it's time to open up the doors

To do our best to find them

Do our best to find them


Oh yeah!

It's time to touch

Yes it's time to feel

It's going to hurt so much

But it's the only way I'll heal

I'll feel pain and soon I'll feel sorrow

I'll wake up knowing

I'm so happy

So happy


(Lead-out harmonica solo then go into "Taking a Ride")

Art Studio Commune

East 6th and Grand Ave. Des Moines, Iowa, circa 1970 something. I had it in 1983, 84, 85.