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Andrew M. Kish III

Andrew M. Kish III

Born 1980 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Andrew Kish III began drawing in his early childhood. He studied Communication Design and Painting and later received his B.F.A from Kutztown in 2007. During this time he studied under esteemed watercolor artist Matthew Daub. In 2008 Andrew become an artist in residence at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem Pa. He teaches the art of watercolor painting and has lectured on “Art in Society” as well as “The Business of Art” at universities and institutions throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“Using metaphors and symbolism I create complex human narratives in an intimate setting. These narratives incorporate social and political commentaries that revolve around provocative contemporary issues. Each painting explores the intersection of social institutions with my personal life, and the constant quest to communicate. By using a contemporary approach to traditional watercolor painting, I am stretching the boundaries of aquaralle in the United States and abroad. The stark contrast, immersive detail, and delicate painting technique offer a new experience to a polarizing and unfairly criticized medium.

“When I began working with watercolor, I became addicted to the challenge it presented. The possibilities of expression are endless. My obsession for drawing on paper had finally found a home.” Andrew explains “Using this ancient and unforgiving medium, I am exploring the possibilities of thought provoking artwork. By working within the framework of watercolor painting, I am forced to invent and evolve with each project. I believe the energy of this constant struggle is encapsulated in each painting, and then translated to the viewer.”

Kish’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Shanghai Zhujiajiao Intl. Watercolor Biennial at the Quanhua Art Gallery in Zhujiajiao, China and the 2012 National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition. His work is represented in public and private collections including the Quanhua Art Museum, the Stach Collection in Slupsk, Poland, and the Tullman Collection in Chicago IL.

Kish’s work has been included in multiple publications including The Art of Watercolor, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, and Professional Artist Magazine. Andrew was recently awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence in the Shanghai Zhujiajiao Intl. Watercolor Biennial and the A.J. Casson Medal at the Open Water Exhibit in Alberta, Canada as well as numerous other awards from national and international exhibitions. He currently is represented by himself and maintains a studio in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he resides with his wife and son.

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