Willi Kissmer's expressive and exaggerated interpretation of detail is a
trait that permeates the body of his art that can be described as
sensual, provocative, technical and mysterious. Born in Duisburg,
Germany, Kissmer studied at the Folkwangscule, University of Essen
and later taught printmaking at the University of Duisberg. A range
of warm tones and the talent to bring electrifying edge to his subject,
in part, links Kissmer's art to a long tradition of realism in northern
The foundation of his art is in his passion for the still life. Theses elements
can include combinations of the female figure, everyday objects and
residential architecture. The artist employs combinations of etching,
aquatint, drypoint and mezzotint techniques on his copperplates.
The subjects interchange of folds, texture and light have the effect
of transforming a commonplace subject into something extraordinary.
The result is not just a visual experience, but also a unique personal