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Born in South Africa, Kiff Holland moved to Canada in 1975. Over the years he became recognized for his marine landscapes and luminous still-life watercolours.
Currently he works almost exclusively in oil or egg tempera. Kiff loves to paint expressive, evocative figurative pieces as well as concrete subject matter, explored through abstract design. Accomplished in classical technique he does not impose boundaries upon himself; “There is always another way of interpreting, another way of seeing.”
His paintings explore his experience of light, its ability to reveal and conceal, to define and to cloud, to excite and to calm.
Kiff received his formal training at the University of Witwatersrand and the Johannesburg School of Art. Since 1984 he has been a faculty member teaching in Design and Illustration at Capilano College, North Vancouver.
He is past president of the Federation of Canadian Artists. In 1992 he was elected signature member of the American Watercolour Society and in 2006 Kiff was again recognized with an award by the AWS. He is also a member of the Societe Canadienne de l’Aquarelle (SCA), the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists (CIPA). His work has won numerous awards in Canada and the United States and is held in private and corporate collections, Internationally.
Recent publications include: The Watercolour Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists, International Artist Publishing Inc., 2003.
Design and Composition Secrets of Professional Artists – 16 successful painters show how they create prize-winning work, International Artist Publishing Inc., 2001.