Play Chairs

I’ve always been interested in Franz Kline’s work and have four play chairs in my studio. I piled them up higgldypiggledy and took some photographs of the pile up. I used this as the basis for my drawing, which I did in red paint pen.

I started panting with dioxin purple on a yellow ground. The purple went very black.


With the introduction of Quinacridone violet. I started seeing a structure emerging.

At this point I’ve really got my composition as I thought it might look like in the beginning.

Here I’ve added Azo red.

More of the same

I’ve added orange as a contrast to the purple. I’ve also started painting the back ground a van Gogh greeny-yellow.

Bit more green.

The back ground is greener then it looks in the photograph. The whole idea was to create a very graphic image instead of a painting that relied on brush strokes and edges, this one relies on form and structure witch is unusual for me.

Play Chairs #1
24″x35″ Oil

Capilano Faculty

Kiff Holland, Illustration and Life Drawing Instructor Kiff has won numerous awards in Canada and the United States for his painting. Recognized for his marine watercolours and luminous still life, he also works in oils, egg tempera and gold leaf. A past president of the Federation of Canadian Artists, Kiff was elected a signature member of the American Watercolour Society in 1992. Born in South Africa, he received his formal training at the University of Witwatersrand and the Johannesburg School of Art before moving to Vancouver in 1975. Kiff joined the Capilano University faculty in 1984.


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