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Willi Kissmer was born in 1951 in Duisburg, Germany where he remains today as well as the South of France. Kissmer is known for technically exquisite etchings, oil and acrylic paintings that mostly depict nudes or half nudes, which are oftentimes draped in swaths of lush fabric. The details are accentuated in ultra-realistic texture using a combination of mezzotint, dry point and aquatint, which highlight the juxtaposition between flesh and cloth. Finding inspiration in his immediate surroundings, Kissmer’s model is usually his wife. Presented as a subject of eroticism and detailed study, he articulates our communal relationship with objects of desire. After his studies at the renowned Folkwang art school, Kissmer made a name for himself both as a musician and an artist. After numerous educational trips to Russia, Egypt, South America, Greece, Italy and Turkey he taught printmaking at the University of Duisburg. He has had numerous exhibitions in the United States and England. In his work, the artist prefers the torso. He consciously omits the representation of the head, abstains from individual facial features, and the rendition of hands, the gestures of which could impair the composition and thus the statement. The omission of individuality as well as psyche, the concentration on universal anonymity, and the emphasis on the body indicate Kissmer’s actual concern to deliver symbols of elementary human life, which find beautiful expression in the blooming female body.
 

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Willi Kissmer’s etchings, which mostly depict nudes or half nudes, are oftentimes draped in swaths of lush fabric. The details of which are accentuated in ultra-realistic texture, crease and form brought forth through his signature techniques that combine mezzotint, dry point and aquatint. Beside these graphic prints, Kissmer produces technically exquisite paintings in oil or acrylic. Instead of working on a structured canvas, he paints on paper-mounted plywood. Its smooth surface permits the reproduction of the finest details highlighting the juxtaposition between flesh and cloth. As seen in both “Standing With Pink Top” and “Sitting Woman With Pink Top”, this contrast presents the beautiful body of a woman against the ensuing folds and wrinkles created in her top – a moment of friction as electric as the visage of the human form. Finding inspiration in his immediate surroundings, his model is usually his wife. Presented as a subject of eroticism and detailed study, he articulates our communal relationship with objects of desire.In his pictures, the artist prefers the torso. He consciously omits the representation of the head, abstains from individual facial features, and often also from the rendition of hands, the gestures of which could impair the composition and thus the statement. The omission of individuality as well as psyche, the concentration on universal anonymity, and the emphasis on the body indicate Kissmer’s actual concern, i.e. to deliver symbols of elementary human life, which find their most beautiful expression in the blooming female body. The artist employs combinations of etching, aquatint, drypoint and mezzotint techniques on his copperplates. A range of warm tones and the talent to bring an electrifying edge to his subject, in part, links Kissmer’s art to a long tradition of realism in northern European painting. Willi Kissmer’s expressive and exaggerated interpretation of detail is a trait that permeates the body of his art that has been described as sensual, provocative, technical and mysterious. His works are not conventionally pretty but compelling – confrontational. Willi Kissmer’s studio and residence is in an old industrial tower in southwest Germany. Although his trips have taken him all over Europe, Asia, and the United States, his subjects are always close at hand. “Everything comes out of my personal living environment. That is a result of my laziness. I look around enough to find something that is worth representing.” Consequently, his wife became his ultimate model. The foundation of Kissmer’s art is in his passion for the still life. These elements can include combinations of the female figure, everyday objects and residential architecture. BIOGRAPHY WILLI KISSMER HOHMANN www.hohmannfineart.com Kissmer is most interested in relating the qualities of light and its effects upon objects- especially the folds and creases of fabrics and drapery. In his new book it says: ‘...[Willi Kissmer] is much more interested in the partially clothed female than in the complete nude. The full nude for him is not demanding enough. For Kissmer it is the combination of flesh and fabric that form the core of his aesthetic...Within the fold of fabric the force of gravity becomes visible: a force at once real and imaginative, full of poetic possibility.’ Even though the nude female body has been subject for art for many hundreds of years, Willi Kissmer has been able to find his very own unique style that makes him so recognizable and has laid the foundation for his worldwide fame and success.
 

BIOGRAPHY

1989 Allen Augustine Gallery, Lake Tahoe, USA

 Sterling Gallery, La Jolla, USA

1990 Amtsrichterhaus, Schwarzenbeck, Germany

1991 Interart Galerie Reich, Koeln, Germany,

 Tercera Gallery, Los Gatos, USA

 Galerie Malek, Bensheim, Germany

1992 Stadtwerke Duisburg, Germany

 Galerie Aviva, Essen, Germany

 Galerie Articles, Kevelaer, Germany

 Reid Galleries, Carmel, USA

1993 MRL, Long Beach, USA

 Johnson Art, San Luis Obispo, USA

 Nevada Institue for Contemporary Art (NICA),

 Las Vegas, USA

1995 Gallery No. 3, Isselburg Anholt, Germany

 Parkview Fine Paintings, Bristol, UK

 Ritterhof Gallery, Salzgitter, Germany

 Kunsthaus Ratingen, Germany

1996 Galerie Tabula, Tubingen, Germany

 Turmgalerie Bonn, Germany

 Kunsthandlung Moers, Germany

 Galerie Articles, Kevelaer, Germany

1997 Parkview Fine Paintings, Bristol, UK

 Ritterhof Gallery, Salzgitter, Germany

 Galerie No. 3, Isselburg Anholt, Germany

 John Bolxham Fine Art, London, UK

1998 Art Et Cetera, Staelen, Germany

 Galerie Fritz Geyer, Plauen, Germany

 Galerie Schoenhof, Jade, Germany

 Ritterhof Gallery, Salzgitter, Germany

 Galerie Aspectus, Neustadt a.d.w., Germany

1999 GalerieHermann, Neumarkt i.d.Opf, Germany

 Parkview Fine Paintings, Bristol, UK

 Galerie Helga Wicher, Wuppertal, Germany

 Galerie No. 3, Bocholt, Germany

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

HOHMANN

1999 Galerie Aurika, Frankfurt, Germany

 John Bolxham Fine Art, London, UK

 Galerie No. 3, Essen, Germany

 Galerie Conrad, Bonn, Germany

2000 Kleine Weltlaterne, Berlin, Germany

 Galerie Odermatt and Spatz, Schiffersstadt Germany

 Turmgalerie, Bonn, Germany

 Art Et Cetera, Staelen, Germany

2004 Hart Gallery, Carmel, California

2005 Hart Gallery, Palm Desert,California

2006 Hart Gallery, Palm Desert, California

1988 Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany

1989 Galerie 4, Arlesheim, Switzerland

1990 City Gallery, Portsmouth, Great Britain

 Marietta/Cobb Museum, Marietta, USA

1991 Kontakte II”, Duisburg, Germany;

 Moskau/Leningrad, USSR

 “Erotic Art”, Galerie Tabula, Tuebingen

1992 International Graphics Trienale, Frechen,German

1993 Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

1994 Galerie Marijke Raalmakers, Grubbenvorst,Netherlands

 Line Art, Gent, Belgium

 Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

1995 Art Stockholm, Sweden

 Art Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

 Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

 Art Expo, New York, USA

1996 Lehmbruck Museum, Duisberg Germany

 Cubus Kunsthalle, Duisburg, Germany

Internationale Grafik Triennale, Frechen,Germany

 Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

 Art Expo, New York, USA

1997 Art Expo, New York, USA

 Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

 Saga, Paris, France

1998 Art Expo, New York, USA

 Galerie Marijke Raalmakers, Grubenworst,Netherlands

 PAN, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 Kunsthaus Veith, Pirmasens, Germany

 Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

 Galerie No. 3, Essen, Germany

 Art Expo, Los Angeles, California, USA

1999 Art Expo, New York, USA

 Art Multiple, Dusseldorf, Germany

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

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Kaestner Gesellschaft, Germany

Aldegrever Gesellschaft, Germany

Helen Chrysler Green, New York, USA

Mark& Sandra Tratos, Las Vegas, USA

Kate Cuddy Gielen, London, Ontario, Canada