Josh Tiessen is an international award-winning teenage artist from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada. Considered one of the world's top 10 prodigy artists (Huffington Post) and the only known male art prodigy in North America (Dr. J. Ruthsatz, global child prodigy expert). Tiessen was juried in as the youngest member of International Guild of Realism (IGOR), ranked among foremost realist artists from around the world, and Artists for Conservation (AFC) an elite group of the top 500 wildlife and nature artists worldwide. Mentored by masters such as acclaimed wildlife artist Robert Bateman, Tiessen has exhibited his work for 8 years in 50 exhibitions including the National Gallery of Canada and now exhibits internationally, having sold over 70 original works and hundreds of limited edition giclee prints to private and corporate Canadian and international collectors. Featured in 100 magazine and newspaper articles and on TV, speaking and teaching at 30 venues, making 50 invited art donations to charitable organizations, established his own "Arts for a Change Foundation." He has garnered 30 awards and honours including IGOR Creative Achievement, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Canada's Top 20 Under 20 for his artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work. In spite of this early success, Tiessen humbly acknowledges that his artistic talent is a gift from God. His artistic style is referred to as "high realism" and he delights in showing the beauty and diversity of creation, and the image of God in human creativity.
"You are indeed very good"
"Amazing piece done by Josh"
-Robert Bateman artist/naturalist
“Josh. Amazing art man!!”
-Eric Samuel Timm artist/speaker
“So beautiful ... gorgeous!”
-Boris Brott conductor/composer