Exhibition 2011

In the Fall

A painting called “In the Fall” done for the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver.  The Talk was called, “Painting Towards the Light”

animation of the process:

"In the Fall" process animation

Still images (click to enlarge):

Commissioned artwork

Mother, Son & Horse, 30”X40” oil

A commissioned portrait for a couple who live in West Vancouver B.C. This is their younger son and is the second painting commission I’ve done for them.

The Younger Son 24”X40” Oil

Part of the Commission.
-He seemed very comfortable sitting on that big horse.

The paintings are a mélange of bits of photos taken in situ.

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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