Biography / Profile
Conrad Mieschke

   


Painting is my means of communicating my most intimate impressions of nature, my emotional reaction to life, my deep feeling about my subject and the world around me.

As an artist, I try to interpret nature because it is also my basic belief, that nature is a true source of inner peace.  If my work is effective in communicating that belief, then it speaks for me and I would like to think, that I have succeeded in this effort.

— Conrad Mieschke


Conrad Mieschke

A professional artist since 1970, Conrad was born in 1938 and is of German descent.
Although he sketched and painted from an early age, family and economic pressure led him away from art to pursue a more "respectable profession".

In my family, painting was considered a hobby, not a profession.

Following high school in Germany, Conrad entered into a three year apprenticeship to learn the art of bookbinding and restoration of books.  During that time, he participated in two nationwide bookbinding competitions.  His work won him silver and gold respectively at the competitions.  He undertook further studies at the Graphic Academy in Munich, graduating in 1963 with a Master Bookbinder certificate.

In 1965 Conrad immigrated to Canada, working for the first five years with a publishing house in Toronto, and in 1970, with his work meeting broad acclaim in Canada and abroad, he made the decision to abandon his "respectable profession" in favour of his art.

Today, he continues to paint.  His 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.  He works in either watercolour, acrylic or egg-tempera, and although most of his work is done in his studio, he takes weekly breaks hiking in search of new subjects 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's important is that I spend one day a week in the outdoors recharging myself. The "discharging" comes over the next six days in my studio.

For inspiration, Conrad draws primarily on the rural countryside of southern Ontario.

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, by an animal stealthily observed from a distance, or the feeling of peaceful loneliness that bare trees impress on me.

My favourite season is probably winter.  I love the snow, the intense contrasts of the time, stormy skies, strong shadows, the contrast of earth and snow, and moodier feelings created by fog or mist.

Today Conrad's work is exhibited extensively at home and collected around the world.  He still lives and works from his studio in the same townhouse that he and his late wife Deedee purchased in 1974 in the city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  Their only son Paul was born here in1976 and 19 months later his wife perished in a car accident.  Ever since, Conrad has dedicated his time to his work as an artist, to raising his son on his own, to finding his place and leaving his mark in today's society, through his creative work, his compassion and his humanity.
His son Paul has graduated from University and is today a practicing physiotherapist with his own Physiotherapy clinic in Barrie, Ontario.  He, with his wife Sara are raising already 2 sons, (Aidan and Callum) of their own.

Throughout all of his career and success, Conrad remained an unassuming, modest, and down to earth person. He enjoys most a hike in the country, the solitude of his work, or a quiet dinner in the company of family and/or some close friends.  He is a deeply religious man, lives by himself and states:

I live at peace with myself and with the world around me, and I strive to keep it that way.

 

Selected exhibitions
 2004 & 2005
The Buckhorn Wildlife Art Festival, Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada
Since 1985
Exhibiting and represented mainly by Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, Ontario.
1971 to the mid-1980s
Continuously exhibited at the Eatons' Art Gallery in Toronto, Lourie Art Gallery in Toronto, and Juliane Gallery in Scarborough, Ontario.  These galleries closed down in the 1980s.
Publications
 2003 - 2007

"Access" Fine Art Ltd.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Limited edition giclée canvas reproductions, and small format giclée prints.
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1986 - 2008
UNICEF,  Canada and USA
UNICEF has published 11 cards and has reserved several images for future publication. All publication rights have been donated to UNICEF.
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1982 - 2006
Hallmark of Canada Ltd.  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
A yearly Christmas card, in the Painters of Canada Series.
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1986-1992

Canadian Art Prints, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Limited edition reproductions and art cards.
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1981

Royle Publication Ltd.  London, England
Christmas card.

 
2010
Included in "Who's Who in Visual Art," 100 Artists in Painting, Graphic Art, Digital Art, Sculpture.
Published by "Art Domain Whois Publisher," Dresden, Germany.

2010
Included in "Best of Worldwide Water Media Artists," Volume 1.  Published by Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, VA. USA

2016

"Ducks Unlimited Canada," Published and included in the 2016 National Ducks Unlimited Art Portfolio.

 

Awards
Numerous awards at juried shows in local, national and international competitions, including 3rd. prize at an International Watercolor Competition in London, England.
1999  "Arts Person of the Year awarded by the City of Brampton, Ontario, Canada

2016  "Arts Acclaim Award"  from the City of Brampton, Ontario, Canada.


Conrad Mieschke

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Conrad Mieschke
E-mail: conradmieschke@yahoo.com
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