West German artist, Willi Kissmer has built a solid reputation and an avid following in Europe with his quietly beautiful paintings and graphic works. He is a contemporary artist working in realism, that most uncontemporary of styles and has been described as a young master working in the style of the Old Masters. Unlike the work of many of his contemporaries, the paintings of Willi Kissmer are not abstract or expressionistic but instead are tied to a long tradition of realism in Northern European painting. The subjects of his pieces are simple still lifes, scenes from residential architecture and the female figure, each rendered with a fine eye to detail and a slightly disquieting sense of heightened observation.
The artist was born in Duisburg, West Germany in 1951 and decided as a youth that he was going to be an artist. Torn between the two loves of music and painting, Kissmer played guitar for a rock group to fund his studies in art.
Between 1971 and 1976, he studied painting and graphic arts at the Folkwang Art School in Essen. This school, now a part of the University of Essen, had courses of study in visual arts, dance, theater and music. While enrolled there, Kissmer studied graphic arts with professor Herman Schardt, the founder and director of the school, who is also a well recognized artist. Kissmer received solid training in the creation of graphics and was allowed to develop his own style of painting and choices of subject matter.
His early paintings were almost abstract compositions whose subjects were the interior walls of houses. Kissmer developed this choice of subject matter into depictions of sections of the interiors of houses or larger portions of the structures. The paintings continued to develop in the 1980s into the body of work presented in solo and group exhibitions both in America and in Europe.
Allen Augustine Gallery, Lake Tahoe, USA
Galerie Interart Reich, Köln, D
Galerie Gehring Kuhlenkampf, Frankfurt, D
The Air Gallery, London, GB
Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art (NICA), Las Vegas, USA
Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, D
The Framing Centre, Plymouth, GB
Galerie Vetter, Düren, D
Parkview Fine Paintings, Bristol, GB
Galerie Klose , Essen, D
Turm Galerie Schröder, Bonn, D
John Boxham Galleries, London, GB
Terceira Gallery, Los Gatos, USA
Galerie Rita Osper, Köln, D
Galerie Honingen, Gouda, NL
Galerie am Dom, Wetzlar, D
Reid Gallery, Carmel, USA
Galerie Marijke Raaimakers, Grubbenvorst,NL
The Hart Gallery, Palm Desert, USA
Galeria Hella Maria Höfer, Port Andratx, SP
Westcliff Gallery, Cheringham, GB
Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert
Galerie Herrmann, Neumarkt i.d.O., D
Kunsthaus am roten Rathaus, Berlin, D