Kiff Holland is an established Canadian artist. He completed his formal art training at the University of Witwatersrand and at the Johannesburg School of Art. In 1975, he immigrated to Canada. After settling in British Columbia, Kiff became one of the West Coast’s finest artists. He has received numerous awards for his work from the Federation of Canadian artists, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and the American Watercolor Society. Kiff has exhibited with the British Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Society of British Artists and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, a distinction held by only a few Canadian artists. While pursuing his passion for painting, Kiff has also taught and mentored many professional and amateur artists through his work as an instructor in the IDEA (Illustration, Design, Elements and Applications) Program at Capilano University in North Vancouver and in workshops in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Kiff ’s mother encouraged his childhood talent for capturing on paper the insects, butterflies, and trains (14 coaches long, with passengers in each window and a couple of conductors collecting tickets) around his home in rural South Africa. Kiff has a gift for making the ordinary extraordinary, the familiar fascinating. His passion for translating his observations into art; his ability to see beauty in the fabric of everyday life; and his intimate knowledge of the effects and power of light have led to a large and diverse body of work. Kiff’s paintings (in watercolour, egg tempera, and oil) include exquisite, intricate still lifes of glassware; evocations of the serenity and beauty of the BC coastline and the varied boats that ply its waters; landscapes capturing the feeling of being in the BC mountains, the French countryside, and the Italian seaside; as well as portraits and figurative works that invite a connection with the human condition. Works by Kiff Holland are held in collections around the world.
Kiff lives on the West coast of British Columbia, just a stone's throw from some of his favourite subjects in his landscape and marine paintings.
Blue Bowl 16 x 20 in. Oil on canvas
Susan's Farm, Norfolk 9 x 14 in. Watercolour
Peaches On an African Cloth 20 x 30 in. Oil on canvas