Andrew Kiss, "Summer Meadow," 2005, oil on canvas, 36" x 36".
ANDREW KISS, Moods
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary
Feb 9 - 16, 2006
By Dina O'Meara
Water fascinates nature artist Andrew Kiss, particularly the challenge of capturing the essence of such a changing subject. For almost 40 years Kiss has studied the interplay of light and shadow on water during hikes through the Rocky Mountains, and he loves bringing it to life on canvas. “I have an affinity for waterscapes,” Kiss says. “I have fun painting water, moving and shimmering, what’s under it, all aspects of it.” In Moods, he draws viewers into a world of Rocky Mountain ponds, lakes and rivers, using oil on canvas to bring depth and layers to a notoriously difficult subject. “I’m a fairly happy guy, and it shows in my work,” Kiss says of the glowing quality of his paintings. Kiss is renowned internationally for his mountain landscapes and vibrant depictions of wildlife, often based on a combination of photographs and sketches taken during hikes. The Stephen Lowe exhibit includes new additions to Kiss’s bird series, detailed pieces that reflect his love and reverence of nature. He and wife Lynn recently moved to Calgary from Armstrong, B.C., placing him much closer to his beloved Kananaskis Country and the Rockies.
Represented by: Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary; Tutt Street Gallery, Kelowna, BC; White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC; Adele Campbell Fine Art Gallery, Whistler, BC; Le Balcon D'art, Saint Lambert, QC; Artistic Impressions, Sedona, Arizona.