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Conrad Mieschke

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Conrad  Mieschke

Biography

Born
1938 in Poland (to German parents)

Education
Raised and educated in Germany, attended the Graphic Academy in Munich and graduated in 1963.

Professional Profile
Though he sketched and painted from an early age, family and economic pressure led him away from art to pursue a more "responsible profession". "In my family painting was considered a hobby, not a profession."
Following high school, Mieschke entered into a three year apprenticeship to learn the art of bookbinding and restoring. During that time, he participated in two nationwide bookbinding competitions. His work was given a silver medal at the first competition and a gold at the second. He undertook further studies at the Graphic Academy in Munich, graduating with a Master Bookbinder certificate.
In 1965, Mieschke emigrated to Canada, working for the first five years here with a publishing house in Toronto. Though he worked full time, Mieschke always found time to pursue his life long interest in painting.
In 1970, with his work meeting broad acclaim, Mieschke made the decision to abandon his "respectable profession" in favour of his art.
Today, he continues to paint, and although most of his work is done in his studio, he takes extensive breaks hiking in search of new subjects, new ideas and new inspirations.
"I need to get into things, the smell and feel of the shaded dampness where leaves have fallen, the sound of the wind or the quiet. When I?m back in my studio I try to put that feeling - or put myself - into the painting. I try to become what I am painting. The subject matter or the location of a particular painting could have been recorded a year ago or a week ago. That?s not important. What is important is that I spend one day a week in the outdoors recharging myself. The ?discharging? comes over the next six days in the studio.
Mieschke?s work is meticulously detailed, yet always with a spiritual undercurrent that draws the viewer in to become part of the scene - and part of the artist?s feeling.
For inspiration, Mieschke draws primarily on the countryside around his rural Ontario home.
"Here all four seasons are equally beautiful. I get excited by the changing moods of each season, by the separation of sun and shadow, by the shapes of discarded farm implements, or by the feeling of peaceful loneliness that bare trees impress on me. Probably my favourite season is winter. I love the snow, the intense contrasts, stormy skies, strong shadows, and moodier feeling created by fog or mist"
Mieschke paints primarily in Watercolour or egg-tempera. He is a member of the "American Society of Classical Realism," a life-long member of the Arts Council of Brampton, Ontario, and lives in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. At present he is dedicating and sharing all of his time between his work as an artist and raising and supporting his son Paul through University on his own, since the death of his wife in a car accident.

Exhibitions and Publications
1971 -1987 Eatons Art Gallery, Toronto, with numerous one-man shows and group shows, until gallery closed down in 1987. Since 1987 exhibiting at various commercial galleries in southern Ontario.
1981 Royle Publication Ltd. London, England (Christmas Card)
Since 1982 Hallmark of Canada Ltd. Toronto, ON. Yearly Christmas Card (Painters of Canada Series)
1986 - 1996 Canadian Art Prints Inc., Vancouver B.C. (Reproductions & art cards).
Since 1987 UNICEF, New York, N.Y. U.S.A. UNICEF has published 7 cards over the years and has reserved several paintings for future publication. All publishing rights to UNICEF are donated.

Awards
Numerous awards at juried shows in local, national and international competitions, including 3rd prize at an International Watercolour Competition in London, England.
1999 "Art?s Person of the Year" award, City of Brampton, ON. Canada.

Artist Statement
"Painting is my means of communicating my most intimate impressions of nature, my emotional reaction to life, my deep feeling about my subjects and the world around me"

Other Information

Category: Paintings

Media:Egg Tempera

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