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BIOGRAPHY

Josh Tiessen is a young international award-winning artist from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada. Considered one of the world's top ten 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 ranked among foremost realist artists from around the world, Artists for Conservation and Society of Animal Artists, elite groups of the top nature and wildlife artists worldwide. Art Renewal Center USA designated him "Associate Living Master," and Jonathan LeVine Projects gallery chose him out of 2000 artists as First Place in their international competition "Search for the Next Great Artist."

Mentored by masters like acclaimed Canadian artist Robert Bateman, Tiessen has exhibited his work for the past 11 years in over 90 exhibitions including the National Gallery of Canada and prominent galleries in the United States. He has sold 90 original works and hundreds of limited edition giclée prints to private and corporate Canadian and international collectors. 

 

Featured in more than 150 magazine and newspaper articles and on TV, speaking and teaching at 40 venues, making 75 invited art donations to charitable organizations, and establishing his own Arts for a Change Foundation, Tiessen has garnered upwards to 60 awards and honours including IGOR Creative Achievement, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Canada's Top 20 Under 20 for his artistic accomplishment 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 contemporary realism, through which he delights in showing the beauty and diversity of creation, and the image of God in human creativity.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Although I have experimented with a variety of subject matter, I frequently choose nature and wildlife, as I take delight in emphasizing the beauty, particularity and diversity of creation. I enjoy unique angles on nature, animals and architecture. I am also fascinated by the weathering effects of nature and the elements on architectural structures as they age. The interaction between the natural world and manmade structures is of particular interest to me, often giving rise to metaphors, which highlight truth, beauty and the longing for ultimate restoration in the world.

My studio gallery, located in Olde Stoney Creek, is situated in a large sunroom at the back of my home with a beautiful, inspiring view of the Niagara Escarpment. Every day I am treated to the sights and sounds of a wide variety of birds chirping away in my backyard as I paint. One of my favourite pastimes is hiking the Bruce Trail, which I can access on foot just down the road from my studio, sometimes joining hikes with The Hamilton Naturalists' Club. I bike the Waterfront Trail of Lake Ontario a couple kilometres from my home, and frequent the Eramosa Karst, a protected conservation land located a short drive away.

All of these local places and experiences, backed by the first six years of my life spent in Russia, and travels across Canada, the U.S. and many other countries provide an endless supply of creative ideas and inspiration. I have studied and sketched the masters of realism in galleries around the world. My sketchbook and camera go everywhere I do, developing compositional ideas and photographing references to support my sketches. 

I use up to thirty of my own photos as references for each painting, along with models which I craft from paper and clay, and a digital composite that I build on my computer to finalize my composition and choose the colour palette. I allow the subject matter to dictate the shape of each custom-made panel, and sometimes complete the work by designing a unique custom-made frame. Each painting takes 400-1200 hours, but for me the long process is the most enjoyable part.

The conversation between my subjects and their environments is important to me, and I have increasingly given attention to environments to elevate them from mere backgrounds. I am interested in juxtaposing the contrasts that naturally occur in nature but are sometimes blurred by idyllic landscapes often seen in traditional art. 

My artistic style, in the "New Contemporary" movement, best reflects who I am as a person because it combines the patient attention to fine detail with my experiences of interacting in the world. For this reason there is often a personal story that accompanies each painting, however without this knowledge it is up to the viewer to unravel the mystery of the scene. My studies in philosophy, theology and liberal arts all undergird the deep thought process behind my work.

Recurring elements in my acrylic and oil paintings are surface textures and long shadows, which give rise to abstract shapes and accentuate the trompe l'oeil effect. A unique distinction that has become my trademark, is the non-quadrilateral shape of my paintings and how the image continues in realistic detail around the 2" sides of braced Baltic birch panels, creating a truly three-dimensional work of art — my contemporary response to the classical masters of realism.

                                                                                                                                                                              Josh Tiessen

CURRICULUM VITAE

b. 1995 Moscow, Russia

Selected Exhibitions (from 100 gallery & juried shows)

2019  4-Person: "Flora and Fauna," Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2019  Group: "13th Anniversary Show," Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2019  Solo: "Streams in the Wasteland," Jonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City NJ

2019  Group: "Ascent," Talon Gallery, Portland OR

2018  Solo: "Josh Tiessen at RZIM Gallery," CBC Canada, Toronto ON

2018  Group: "Sketch for Survival Tour," London, England to New York NY 

2018  2-Person: Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery, LA Art Show, Los Angeles CA

2017  Group: Jonathan LeVine Projects, Scope Miami, Miami Beach FL

2017  Group: “Delusional: Search for the Next Great Artist,” Jonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City NJ

2017  Solo: “Watching Paint Peel,” The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON

2017 Group: "Small Works," Gallery 1261, Denver CO

2017 Group: "Winter Salon, International Guild of Realism” The Marshall Gallery, Scottsdale AZ

2016 3-Person: "Verge," The Bethany Gallery, St. Catharines ON

2016 Group: "Remnants," Robert Lange Studios, Charleston SC

2016  Group: International Guild of Realism Juried Show, Gallery 1261, Denver CO

2015-2016 Group: “Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism,” R.W. Norton Gallery, Shreveport LS; Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala FL; Albany Museum of Art, Albany GA

2015  Solo: "A Decade of Inspiration," The Bethany Gallery, St. Catharines ON

2015  Group: International Guild of Realism Juried Show, Principle Gallery, Alexandria VA

2014  Solo: "The Visceral," Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery, Stoney Creek ON

2014-2016  Group: Annual Juried Exhibition, Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Park ON

2014  Group: International Guild of Realism Juried Show, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston SC

2013  Group: International Guild of Realism Juried Show, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe AZ

2013  3-Person: "I Go To Nature," James North Gallery, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton ON 

2013-2015 Solo: Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery, The Artist Project, Toronto ON

2012  9-Person: "New Generation Emerging Artist Mentor Project," Art Gallery of Burlington ON

2012  12-Person: “So you want to be an artist?” National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON

2011  Solo: Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School Graduation Convocation, Stoney Creek ON

2010-2019  Solo: Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery Open House, Stoney Creek ON

2010  Solo: “Josh Tiessen: Launching into Fine Art,” Art Gallery of Burlington, ON

2009 Group: Anastasia Art Gallery, Hamilton ON

2008 Group: The Wine Village, Stoney Creek ON

2007 Solo: "Beginnings, Art by Josh Tiessen," Artway on Two, Joseph Brant Hospital, Burlington ON

 

Sales, PreSales & Commissions (originals only)

92. 2019 Hitchin' a Ride

91. 2019 Meerkat Manor

90. 2018 The Wood Between The Worlds

89. 2017 Grassie Blacksmith Shop

88. 2016 Can These Bones Live?

87. 2016 Watchman of Bahia del Mar

86. 2016 Hugh's Home

85. 2016 Cloud of Suspicion

84. 2016 Streams in the Wasteland: Brother Wolf

83. 2015 Streams in the Wasteland: Whale Hymn

82. 2015 Regal Blues

81. 2015 Streams in the Wasteland: Harbinger

80. 2015 Backyard Blue Jay

79. 2015 Confluence

78. 2014 Glimmer of Hope

77. 2014 Eternal Sail

76. 2014 Tranquil Tides

75. 2014 Time is my Oyster

74. 2014 Pond's Edge

73. 2014 Swallows of Misty Wharf

72. 2013 Beauty on the Bruce

71. 2013 Up Puffin Away

70. 2013 Heavenly Love

69. 2013 Polar Emergence

68. 2013 Dislodged

67. 2013 Scheherazade 4th Movement

66. 2013 The Lion and The Lamb

65. 2013 Ocean's Emotion

64. 2013 Monumental Turning Point

63. 2013 Overseer

62. 2012 Flurry Home

61. 2012 Peter and the Wolf

60. 2012 Pigeon Paradox

59. 2012 Pilot Whales

58. 2012 Prairie Ponderings

57. 2012 Creation Longs

56. 2012 Carl the Cardinal

55. 2012 Cliffhanger

54. 2012 Solitude

53. 2012 Forgotten Fountain

52. 2012 Overshadowed

51. 2012 Not About the View

50. 2012 Deep Calls to Deep

49. 2012 Killbear Cub

48. 2012 Snow Leopards

47. 2012 C&MA Roots

46. 2012 Saskatchewan Dusk

45. 2012 Silhouette Sunset

44. 2012 Scott Island

43. 2012 Afghan Girl

42. 2012 Unabandoned

41. 2011 Asia

40. 2011 Maximus

39. 2011 Guardian of the Karst

38. 2011 Still Life

37. 2011 Behold The Door

36. 2011 Margaret & Charlie Lyle

35. 2011 The Cross over Stoney Creek

34. 2011 Cubist Painting

33. 2010 Limelight

32. 2010 Mountain Goats

31. 2010 Banff Panorama

30. 2010 Zac in Leaves

29. 2010 Samson

28. 2010 His Garden

27. 2010 Lost Monastery in China

26. 2010 Saskatchewan Sunset

25. 2010 Multicoloured Flame

24. 2010 Snow White

23. 2010 Nesting Trumpeter Swan

22. 2010 Perseverance

21. 2010 Dove Beauty

20. 2010 RedWinged Blackbird

19. 2010 Steve Nash

18. 2010 Sun Splash

17. 2010 Elephants & Egrets

16. 2010 A Winter's Reward

15. 2010 Dracula

14. 2009 UFC Challenge

13. 2009 Perspective on Life

12. 2009 Oscillating Otter

11. 2008 Cheetah

10. 2007 Dog River

9. 2007 Winter on the Prairies

8. 2007 Teacups

7. 2007 Cool Cars

6. 2007 Honduran Children in Window

5. 2007 Red Squirrel

4. 2006 Miner's Bay Bridge

3. 2006 Tufted Titmouse

2. 2006 Blue Jay

1. 2006 Miss Sally

 

Speaking/Teaching Venues (by invitation, with exhibitions)

50. June 2019 Amica Retirement Community, Stoney Creek

49. May 2019 Stoney Creek Community Church

48. April 2019 Emmanuel Bible College

47. September 2018 Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival

46. June 2017 Amica Retirement Community, Stoney Creek

45. May 2017 Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, Burlington

44. May 2017 Assumption Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton

43. May 2017 St. Eugene Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton

42. April 2017 Stoney Creek Seniors Group, Winona Vine Estates, Winona

41. October 2016 Niagara College, Niagara Falls

40. April 2016 "Bethesda 17th Annual Dinner & Auction," Niagara Falls

39. April 2016 Waterloo Mennonite Brethren Youth, Waterloo

38. February 2016 "Thrive" Young Adults Winter Retreat, Stayner

37. January 2016 "Verge" Young Adults, St. Catharines

36. December 2015 Start It Youth Conference, Hamilton Convention Centre

35. October 2015 Niagara College, Niagara Falls

34. March 2015 Hillcrest Elementary School, Hamilton

33. March 2015 TAG March Break Camp, St. Catharines

32. November 2014 Niagara College, Niagara Falls

31. October 2014 Willowdale Artists, Toronto

30. August 2014 Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, Buckhorn

29. April 2014 Kitchener Waterloo Home Educators' Conference

28. March 2014 TAG March Break Camp, St. Catharines

27. November 2013 Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener

26. November 2013 "Keenagers," Port Rowan

25. November 2013 Lions International Peace Poster Contest, Stoney Creek

24. October 2013 Catholic District Arts Retreat, Niagara Region

23. August 2013 Paramount Arts Camp, Stoney Creek/Hamilton

22. August 2013 Soli Deo Gloria Arts Camp, Niagara Region

21. April 2013 G.R. Allan Elementary School, Hamilton

20. April 2013 Christian Women's Connection, Oakville

19. March 2013 Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School Arts Banquet, Hamilton

18. December 2012 St. Patrick's Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton

17. December 2012 St. Marguerite d'Youville Catholic Elementary School, Hamilton

16. November 2012 Knox Presbyterian Women's Group, Waterdown

15. November 2012 Gatestone Elementary School

14. November 2012 Christian Women's Connection, Hamilton

13. May 2012 Christian Women's Connection, Burlington

12. May 2012 Women's Missionary Society, Hamilton

11. April 2012 Bethany Community Church, St. Catharines

10. April 2012 Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church, Burlington

9. March 2012 Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton

8. January 2012 Flamborough Baptist Church, Flamborough

7. November 2011 Compass Point Community Church, Burlington

6. October 2011 Westdale United Church, Hamilton

5. October 2011 Bethany Community Church, St. Catharines

4. June 2011 West Highland Baptist Church, Hamilton

3. February 2011 St. Columba Presbyterian Church, Hamilton

2. January 2011 Kiwanis Club of East Hamilton/Stoney Creek

1. January 2011 Stoney Creek Seniors Group, Lions Club of Stoney Creek

 

Art Donations (by invitation, some with exhibitions) 

87. October 2018 Crush Cancer Fundraiser

86. August 2018 Stoney Creek Legion Veterans

85. March 2018 Bark With Bam (supporting animals in need) 

84. October 2017 Shelter: Building Homes in El Slavador

83. April 2017 Shelter: Building Homes in El Salvador

82. April 2017 Warriors First (American Veterans)

81. March 2017 Friends of the Eramosa Karst (FOTEK)

80. February 2017 Suzuki Niagara Music School

79. January 2017 Make a Wish Foundation

78. October 2016 Micah House

77. September 2016 Eden High School

76. April 2016 Bethesda Services

75. April 2016 Bethany Support & Recovery Ministries

74. January 2016 Bethany Peru Medical Trip

73. January 2016 Grimsby Benevolent Fund

72. January 2016 Fruitful Harvest Community Garden

71. January 2016 Grimsby Life Centre

70. December 2015 City of Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre

69. October 2015 Emmanuel Bible College

68. July 2015 A Team for Wildlife

67. May 2015 Yellow Iris Fundraiser

66. May 2015 Paramount Alliance Church Germany Mission Trip

65. April 2015 Benefit Concert Fundraiser

64. March 2015 TAG March Break Camp

63. February 2015 YFC Youth Unlimited

62. November 2014 Bethany Community Church Fundraiser

61. November 2014 Burlington Christian Academy

60. November 2014 Yellow Iris Fundraiser

59. October 2014 Yellow Iris Fundraiser

58. September 2014 Bethany Community Church Fundraiser

57. September 2014 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

56. May 2014 Women and Family Centre, CHRISTCHURCH New Zealand

55. April 2014 Kitchener Waterloo Home Educators' Conference

54. March 2014 Mohawk College

53. March 2014 TAG March Break Camp

52. November 2013 Burlington Christian Academy

51. October 2014 Faithbuddy

50. September 2013 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

49. August 2013 Mito Canada

48. August 2013 Buckhorn Community Centre

47. August 2013 Youth in Motion

46. August 2013 Soli Deo Gloria Arts Camp

45. July 2013 Making Waves Winnipeg

44. July 2013 Miners' Bay Lodge

43. July 2013 Brott Music Festival

42. June 2013 Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre

41. June 2013 Home of Grace Care Centre Inc.

40. June 2013 Burlington Art Centre

39. May 2013 Jacaranda Creations (Kenya Mission Trip)

38. May 2013 Celebrate Recovery (Bethany Community Church)

37. April 2013 Christian Women's Connection Oakville

36. April 2013 The May Court Club of Oakville

35. April 2013 Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School Arts

34. March 2013 Hamilton Artists Inc.

33. March 2013 Michaelle Jean Binbrook Fun Fair

32. March 2013 Friends of the Eramosa Karst (FOTEK)

31. November 2012 The Hamilton Naturalists' Club

30. November 2012 City Kidz (Hamilton)

29. October 2012 Pelham Art Festival

28. October 2012 Brott Music Festival

27. October 2012 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Foundation

26. September 2012 Newman Youth Basketball (sponsoring a team)

25. September 2012 Community Living and The Rotary Club of Grimsby

24. June 2012 Interval House of Hamilton

23. June 2012 Burlington Christian Women's Connection

22. May 2012 The Virgil Community

21. May 2012 Paramount Drive Alliance Church

20. May 2012 Windrush Stable Therapeutic Riding Centre

19. April 2012 Ontario Christian Home Educators Conference (OCHEC)

18. April 2012 Bethany Community Church

17. March 2012 Friends of the Eramosa Karst (FOTEK)

16. March 2012 The Hamilton Naturalists' Club

15. February 2012 Gateway Alliance Church

14. February 2012 Burlington Art Centre

13. December 2011 Hamilton Christian Women's Connection

12. November 2011 City Kidz (Hamilton)

11. September 2011 Community Living and The Rotary Club of Grimsby

10. September 2011 Samaritan's Purse

9. June 2011 Hamilton Wentworth District Catholic School Board

8. May 2011 Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme)

7. April 2011 Hamilton Mental Health Community

6. April 2011 Feed The Children Canada (FTC Canada, now called Speroway)

5. March 2011 Friends of the Eramosa Karst (FOTEK)

4. February 2011 Crohns and Colitis Foundation of Canada

3. January 2011 Kiwanis of East Hamilton/Stoney Creek

2. November 2010 City Kidz (Hamilton)

1. September 2010 Paramount Drive Alliance Church

 

Charitable Foundation

"Arts for a Change" is Josh Tiessen's Foundation, which supports the above charities

Art Performances (by invitation, with exhibitions)

July 2013 Brott Music Festival, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, Hamilton, Ontario

October 2012 Brott Music Festival, Hamilton Place, Hamilton, Ontario

March 2009 Paramount Drive Alliance Church, Stoney Creek, Ontario

February 2012 Gateway Community Church, Caledonia, Ontario

 

Education & Training

2018 - Gnoman Workshop, California (Fundamentals of Perspective I, II, III; Introduction to Animal Anatomy)

2015 - Present  Gallery research studying the masters/sketching at Art Gallery of Burlington (Ontario, Canada), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada), National Gallery of Canada, National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), The National Gallery (London, England), Tate Britain (London, England), Vatican Art Museum (Rome, Italy), Palazzo Reale (Milan, Italy), Dali Museum (Florida, USA), Denver Art Museum (Colorado, USA), Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West (Arizona, USA), Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA)

2013 - Present  Part-time distance education toward Bachelor of Religious Education: Arts & Biblical Studies, w/ art co-op placements

2014 - 2015  ECHO Educational Internship Program, 6 courses for transfer into bachelor's degree, including travel and study in Europe

2013  Canada's "Top 20 Under 20" Leadership Summit, one-week conference for award recipients

2012  "Summer Company" sponsored by Ontario government and run by the Small Business Enterprise Centre at Hamilton City Hall, 4- month program for entrepreneurs ages 15-29, including weekly seminars, meetings with mentors, daily time log, business plan, budget, bookkeeping, marketing, assessment, etc.

2011 - 2012  College Graphic Design courses through Mohawk College and Ontario Learn (DE).

2011 - 2012  "New Generation Emerging Artist Mentor Project," Art Gallery of Burlington. Master Artist: Professor Judy MajorGirardin,

McMaster University School of the Arts, one-year mentorship and exhibition program

2011  Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture, graduated with academic excellence from arts major at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, Stoney Creek

2010  Robert Bateman Master Artist Seminar, weeklong intensive study at Hollyhock Educational Retreat Centre (personally invited by Bateman, awarded scholarship from Hollyhock, youngest participant among 35 professional artists from North America and Europe).

2005 - 2007  HarleyJones Gallery, apprenticeship under artist Valerie Jones

 

Honours & Awards

64. 2019 Rehs Contemporary Award, International Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center U.S.A. 

63. 2019 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Diamond Award, #1 Best Art Gallery

62. 2018 City of Hamilton Arts Awards Nominee, Visual Arts, Established Artist

61. 2018 Rehs Contemporary Award Finalist, International Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center U.S.A. 

60. 2018 Dual Category Award, International Salon Competition, Art Renewal Center USA

59. 2017 First Place (from 2000 artists worldwide), Jonathan LeVine's Search for the Next Great Artist, Jonathan LeVine Projects gallery

58. 2017 "Associate Living Master" designation granted by Art Renewal Center U.S.A. (youngest ever to receive this title)

57. 2017 Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Constituent Award, presented on behalf of the Government of Canada

55. 2017 City of Hamilton Arts Awards Nominee, Visual Arts, Established Artist

54. 2017 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Diamond Award, #1 Best Art Gallery (the category of #1 Best Local Artist, awarded to Josh Tiessen in 2015 & 2106, was discontinued in 2017 due to "lack of competition")

53. 2016 International Salon Competition Finalist (4 paintings out of 3000 entries), Art Renewal Center U.S.A.

52. 2016 "Best Wildlife Award" International Guild of Realism" 11th Annual Juried Exhibition," Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado

51. 2016 Juried in (2 paintings) as youngest exhibitor, "Artists for Conservation 2016: International Exhibit of Nature in Art" (hardcover

      book & virtual exhibition)

50. 2016 Juried in (2 paintings) as youngest exhibitor, "International Guild of Realism: 11th Annual Juried Exhibition," Gallery 1261,

      Denver, Colorado

49. 2016 Grimsby Festival of Art, Award of Excellence for Best 2 Dimensional Art (best in show)

48. 2016 Juried in as youngest member, Society of Animal Artists (SAA), world's top animal artists

47. 2016 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Diamond Award, #1 Best Art Gallery

46. 2016 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Diamond Award, #1 Best Local Artist

45. 2016 City of Hamilton Arts Awards Nominee, Visual Arts, Established Artist

44. 2015 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Diamond Award, #1 Best Art Gallery

43. 2015 Hamilton Community News Readers' Choice Diamond Award, #1 Best Local Artist

42. 2015 Juried in (1 painting) as youngest exhibitor, "Artists for Conservation 2015: International Exhibit of Nature in Art" (hardcover

      book & virtual exhibition)

41. 2015 Juried in (1 painting) as youngest exhibitor, "International Guild of Realism: 10th Annual Juried Exhibition," Principle Gallery,

      Alexandria, Virginia

40. 2015 Juried in (1 painting) as youngest exhibitor, "Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism," travelling exhibition

      throughout Art Museums in the U.S.A.

39. 2015 Featured Artist for Painting, chosen from over 280 artists for Media Highlights Art Walks at the Artist Project Toronto

      exhibition

38. 2015 Featured Artist on CTV Canada AM TV Show, chosen along with another artist from over 280 artists at the Artist Project

      Toronto exhibition

37. 2014 "Creative Achievement Award," International Guild of Realism: 9th Annual Juried Exhibition, Robert Lange Studios,

      Charleston, South Carolina

36. 2014 Juried in (2 paintings) as youngest exhibitor, "International Guild of Realism: 9th Annual Juried Exhibition," Robert Lange

      Studios, Charleston, South Carolina

35. 2014 Juried in (2 paintings) as youngest exhibitor, "Artists for Conservation 2014: International Exhibit of Nature in Art" (hardcover       book & virtual exhibition)

34. 2014 Invited by Algonquin Art Centre as the youngest artist ever to exhibit there and be represented by them, also featured in an

      article in their yearly guidebook

33. 2014 International Salon Competition Finalist (2 paintings out of thousands of entries), Art Renewal Center, U.S.A.

32. 2013 Juried in (2 paintings) as youngest exhibitor, "Artists for Conservation 2013: International Exhibit of Nature in Art" (hardcover

      book & virtual exhibition)

31. 2013 Juried in as youngest exhibitor, "International Guild of Realism: 8th Annual Juried Exhibition," Tempe Centre for the Arts, AZ

30. 2013 "Canada's Top 20 under 20 Award," from over 500 applicants across Canada

29. 2013 "Young Entrepreneur of the Year," The Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce

28. 2013 "2012 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards" nominee, Ontario Community Newspaper Association

27. 2012 Juried in as youngest member of Artists for Conservation (AFC), world's top 500 nature artists

26. 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, presented on behalf of the Government of Canada

25. 2012 Awarded government grant and accepted into "Summer Company" program, one of 15 young entrepreneurs selected from 138

      candidates (ages 15-29) in the Hamilton Wentworth region

24. 2012 Awarded contract with "Spinning Gear Productions" as their graphic designer (commercial projects for corporate clients)

23. 2012 National Art Gallery "So you want to be an artist?" 2nd highest votes from over 200 entrants across Canada

22. 2012 Whitehern Historical Museum Teen Art Competition, second place.

21. 2012 "Canada's Top 20 under 20 Award" finalist, in the top 40 from over 500 applicants across Canada

20. 2012 Youngest artist to be juried into Burlington Art Centre Auction, 9th highest selling price out of 101 works

19. 2012 "2011 Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Awards," Ontario Community Newspaper Association

18. 2011 Juried in as youngest member of International Guild of Realism (IGOR), world's top realist artists

17. 2011 "Future Promise Award," Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, for "Guardian of the Karst" acrylic painting

16. 2011 "First Place for Teens (1319),"Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, for "Guardian of the Karst" acrylic painting

15. 2011 Regional Art Award, Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board

14. 2011 "For Exceptional 2Dimensional Piece of Show" (Best in Show), Associated Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival, for

     "Behold The Door" acrylic painting

13. 2011 "For Outstanding Artistic Execution in Photography" (Best in Show) Associated Christian Schools International Fine Arts

     Festival, for "Scott Island"

12. 2011 "For Excellence and Displayed Competence in Grade 11/12 Photography," Associated Christian Schools International Fine Arts

     Festival, for "Scott Island"

11. 2011 2nd Place in Feature Design and Layout for article, "Bible Quizzing" (Photography by Josh Tiessen) at annual Canadian Church

     Press Awards

10. 2011 3rd Place for Best Article, "Reflecting God's Creation" (based on interview with Josh Tiessen), at annual Canadian Church Press

     Awards

9. 2010 "An amazing piece," critique by Robert Bateman of "Nesting Trumpeter Swan" acrylic painting

8. 2010 Hollyhock Scholarship awarded to "a real protege" to attend Robert Bateman Master Artist Seminar

7. 2010 "Media Design: Poster for Dracula" Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, Stoney Creek, ON

6. 2010 "Photography: Photographs for Dracula" Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School, Stoney Creek, ON

5. 2010 "For Outstanding Artistic Execution in Painting" (Best in Show), Associated Christian Schools International Fine Arts Festival,

    for "Snow Leopards" acrylic painting

4. 2010 "For Excellence and Displayed Competence in Media Arts" (Best in Show), Associated Christian Schools International Fine Arts

    Festival, for "Fake Magazine Cover"

3. 2009 Presentation of painting "Oscillating Otter" in Ottawa to Member of Parliament Dean Allison

2. 2009 "Honorable Mention" (4th Place) Breakaway Magazine Art Competition (international distribution, boys ages 1319), for "Snow

    White" acrylic painting

1. 2007 "Junior Photography First Place" Miner's Bay Lodge yearly competition

 

Press, Media and Publications  

150. 2017 "What is a Prodigy?" The Unspoken Conversation Podcast, www.theunspokenconversation.ca, Episode 26, April 4.

149. 2017 "What is a Prodigy?" The Unspoken Conversation Podcast, www.theunspokenconversation.ca, Episode 26, April 4.

148. 2017 "Josh and Zac - What Lives So Far, thespec.com, and The Hamilton Spectator, March 23 & 24, p. 3.

147. 2017 "Josh Tiessen's Book Launch & Open House, Snapd Hamilton, January, p. 21.

146. 2017 "Josh Tiessen Returns to Art Gallery of Burlington for Book Signing," Snapd Burlington, January, p. 14.

145. 2016 "Holiday Masterpiece," Stoney Creek News, December 15, p. 21.

144. 2016 "Josh Tiessen: A Decade of Inspiration," Ruthsatz, Tiessen and Tiessen, JTSG Publishing, December 1.

143. 2016 "Josh Tiessen: A Decade of Inspiration" Book, Studio Gallery Open House, Arts Connection, Faith FM 94.3 Kitchener Waterloo, November 28.

142. 2016 "Stoney Creek Artist Josh Tiessen Launches First Art Monograph," www.thespec.com, November 25.

141. 2016 "Artistic Inspiration," Stoney Creek News, November 24, p. 19.

140. 2016 "Josh Tiessen: A Decade of Inspiration," CHCH Morning Live, November 16.

139. 2016 "Decoding Genius: Josh and Zac Tiessen," Interview for podcast, Episode #6, November.

138. 2016 "From Classical to Contemporary," American Art Collector Magazine, September, pp. 7683.

137. 2016 "Fun in the Creek," Stoney Creek News, August 18, p. 3.

136. 2016 "Artist Spotlight: Josh Tiessen in the Studio," featured artist on www.princetonbrush.com, August 3.

135. 2016 "Saturdays in the Creek kickoff," Stoney Creek News, May 19, p. 15.

134. 2016 "Remnants," American Art Collector Magazine, May, pp. 116-117.

133. 2016 "BRIGHT Days ahead," Stoney Creek News, April 21.

132. 2016 "8 Teen Geniuses From Canada That Will Make You Question Your Entire Life," Narcity, www.narcity.com, March 8.

131. 2016 "What is the source of genius? These sibling prodigies may offer clues," The Toronto Star, March 5.

130. 2016 "Geniuses, with a twist," Toronto Star Touch, startouch.thestar.com, February 27.

129. 2016 "The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent, Chapter 8 Another Path to Prodigy: Josh

         and Zac Tiessen," Ruthsatz and Stephens, Penguin Random House, March 1.

128. 2016 "Prodigy Brothers Josh and Zac Tiessen," CHCH Morning Show, February 15.

127. 2016 "Presenting Generation Z," Hamilton Business, The Hamilton Spectator, February 10 insert.

126. 2016 "Prodigies Josh and Zac Tiessen," Gateway A1+ Work Book, Macmillan Education Teaching Book, London, February.

125. 2016 "Psychology: Making Connections, 2nd Can. Ed: Chapter 9, McGraw Hill Ryerson Canada, January.

124. 2016 "The Prodigy's Cousin: Josh and Zac Tiessen," Arts Connection, Faith FM 94.3 Kitchener Waterloo, January 18.

123. 2016 "Prodigy," Cinematic Trailer for "The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent,"

        Camoriano Productions, January.

122. 2016 "Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery Open House," Snapd Hamilton, January, p. 21.

121. 2015 "Off Season Artists: Josh Tiessen," Interview for blog on www.algonquinartcentre.com, December 17.

120. 2015 "Picture perfect giving," Stoney Creek News, December 10.

119. 2015 "Josh Tiessen Fine Artist," documentary vignette by Stone Forest Media, November.

118. 2015 "Artists for Conservation 2015 International Exhibit of Nature in Art," Artists for Conservation, October, p. 192

117. 2015 "Realistic Representations," American Art Collector Magazine, September, pp.177-188.

116. 2015 "Meet the Artist Josh Tiessen," Inspired by Willow, presented by Princeton Artist Brush Co., www.willowwolfe.ca, May 27-28.

115. 2015 "Painting a Path," Video, produced by Laura Lehman and Ryerson University journalism students, April 9.

114. 2015 "Ten Artists To Look For at The Artist Project Toronto," City by Heart, www.citybyheart.com, February 20.

113. 2015 "Born An Artist: two generations with painting in their bones," CTV Canada AM Morning Show, February 18.

112. 2015 "Complete Guide to Painting in Acrylics," Lorena Kloosterboer, Search Press, pp.91, 265, 285

111. 2015 "Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery Open House," Snapd Hamilton, January, p. 16.

110. 2014 "Award winning creation for Josh Tiessen," Stoney Creek News, December 11.

109. 2014 "Beauty in Realism: The ninth annual juried exhibition of the International Guild of Realism heads to Charleston, South

        Carolina," American Art Collector Magazine, November, pp. 158-163.

108. 2014 "Art of Canada: Josh Tiessen," Southwest Art Magazine, October, p. 141.

107. 2014 "Artists for Conservation 2014 International Exhibit of Nature in Art," Artists for Conservation, October, pp. 196-197.

106. 2014 "Creating Art for a Purpose," 100 Huntley Street, CTS, October 8.

105. 2014 "Student Leadership: Josh Tiessen, The gift of art can make the world a better place," www.leadersinschool.com.au, Fall.

104. 2104 "Shoppers rediscover King Street during Saturdays in the Creek," Stoney Creek News, July 17.

103. 2014 "Josh Tiessen: An Art Prodigy in Algonquin," Algonquin Art Centre Gallery Program 2014, June, pp. 12-13.

102. 2014 "Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery supports food bank at this weekend's battle reenactment," Stoney Creek News, June 5, p. 4.

101. 2014 "Josh Tiessen: No ordinary teenager," Mennonite Foundation of Canada Annual Report 2013, May, p. 5.

100. 2014 "Wonderful Wildlife," Southwest Art Magazine, March, p. 76.

99. 2014 "Painting Change Joshua Tiessen," FreshPrintMagazine.com, March 1.

98. 2014 "Juxtaposing Elements," International Artist Magazine, February/March, pp. 108-115.

97. 2014 "Josh Tiessen Artist," TERRA at Home, CHCH TV, Season 4, Show 48 (08:32), February 22.

96. 2014 "Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery Open House," Snapd Hamilton, January, pp. 1 & 22.

95. 2013 "Advancing Realism: The eighth annual International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition will take place in Tempe, Arizona,"

      American Art Collector Magazine, October, pp. 151-162.

94. 2013 "Josh Tiessen: 7 Questions in Heaven," Natalie Wilson Art Blogspot, October 19.

93. 2013 "Artists for Conservation 2013 International Exhibit of Nature in Art," Artists for Conservation, September, pp. 191-192.

92. 2013 "Josh Tiessen, Teenage Wildlife Artist," Arts Connection, Faith FM 94.3 Kitchener Waterloo, September 2.

91. 2013 "Josh Tiessen Featured at the Brott Music Festival," SNAPd Hamilton, August, p. 18.

90. 2013 "Glorifying God with Your Talents and Gifts," 100 Huntley Street, CTS, July 31.

89. 2013 "CITY FILE On the Town: Josh Tiessen," Hamilton Magazine, Summer, p. 30.81.

88. 2013 "Music of a Thousand and One Nights," Ontario Arts Review, July 11.

87. 2013 "Sit back and watch the music come to life," The Hamilton Spectator, July 4, G4.

86. 2013 "Canada's got talent, inventiveness," The Hamilton Spectator, July 4, A4.

85. 2013 "Child prodigies to take part in innovation conference," The Hamilton Spectator online, July 3.

84. 2013 "Morning File: Josh Tiessen," CFMU 93.3 Hamilton, July 3.

83. 2013 "Stoney Creek brothers both labelled prodigies," CHCH TV News, June 26.

82. 2013 "Local artist Josh Tiessen joins Canada's Top 20 Under 20 club," Stoney Creek News, June, p. 4.

81. 2013 "Stoney Creek painter Josh Tiessen one of Canada's 'Top 20 Under 20'," CBC Hamilton, June 6.

80. 2013 "Stoney Creek Studio Stroll highlights art with a purpose," Stoney Creek News, June 6, p. 5.

79. 2013 "In pictures: 'Meet Canada's Top 20 Under 20'," The Globe and Mail, June 5.

78. 2013 "'Top 20 Under 20' recognizes young Canadians making a difference," The Globe and Mail, June 5.

77. 2013 "Stoney Creek Studio Stroll returns," Stoney Creek News, May 30, p. 16.

76. 2013 "Artists celebrate Bicentennial at unveiling," Stoney Creek News, May 23, p. 18.

75. 2013 "Stoney Creek's finest," Stoney Creek News, May 16, p. 3.

74. 2013 "Stoney Creek honours its best," The Hamilton Spectator, May 10, G2.

73. 2013 "Young Entrepreneur Josh Tiessen," documentary vignette, The Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce, May 9.

72. 2013 "Pelham shows its artistic side," Pelham News, May 2, p. 1.

71. 2013 "An artistic approach to Mother's Day back for year 27," Niagara This Week, May 2, pp. 21, 24.

70. 2013 "An art prodigy," The Voice, Wednesday, May 1, pp. 1, 12.

69. 2013 "Teen artist wins Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year," Stoney Creek News, April 25, p. 16.

68. 2013 "Artists pay tribute to 1813 bicentennial at unveiling ceremony," Stoney Creek News, April 25, p. 2

67. 2013 "Stoney Creek art prodigies," CBC TV Toronto, March 11.

66. 2013 "Tiessen brothers discovered as art prodigies," CBC Radio, March 11.

65. 2013 "Identified as arts prodigies, Ontario brothers now contributing to science," CBC Hamilton, March 8 (also on national website).

64. 2013 "The Artist Project 2013," Tiessen's work reviewed at www.dilettantesdiary.com, February 23.

63. 2013 "Tomorrow's Artists Today," Smooth Sailing: Navigating Social Media for Small Business,  

       www.smoothsailingblog.wordpress.com, January 24.

62. 2013 "Award nominees commit to giving back," Stoney Creek News, January 24, pp. 1 & 13.

61. 2013 "17 year old Prodigy Artist," Our City, Cable 14 Hamilton, January 14.

60. 2012 "Home Show Happenings," Ancaster News, October 25, p. 23.

59. 2012 "Difference makers garner Diamond Jubilee medals," Stoney Creek News, September 27, pp. 3 & 17.

58. 2012 "An Interview with Teen Emerging Artist, Josh Tiessen," on www.emptyeasel.com, September 19.

57. 2012 "Post Childhood Prodigies," HuffPost Live, Huffington Post Los Angeles, September 13.

56. 2012 "Young artist continues to impress locally and beyond," Stoney Creek News, August 30, p. 15.

55. 2012 "10 Art Prodigies You Should Know," HuffPost Arts & Culture, Huffington Post New York, July 27.

54. 2012 "A Gift From Above," Hamilton Magazine, Summer, Vo. 29, No. 4, p. 61.

53. 2012 "Summer Company Program 2012," NewsClip TV Hamilton, July 9.

52. 2012 "Stoney Creek teen's art hangs with Van Gogh at National Gallery," CBC News, Arts & Entertainment, July 5.

51. 2012 "Josh Tiessen gives tour of his studio, CBC Toronto, June 1.

50. 2012 "Stoney Creek teen's painting hangs in the National Gallery," CBC News, Arts & Entertainment, June 1.

49. 2012 "Stoney Creek's rising art star," CHCH News, June 1.

48. 2012 "Glimpse local artists at Stoney Creek Studio Stroll," Stoney Creek News, May 31, p. 3.

47. 2012 "Studio Stroll," Stoney Creek News, May 24, p. 3.

46. 2012 "Festival offers quality, variety," Pelham News, May 17, p. 3.

45. 2012 "Pelham Art Festival 2012," Cogeco TV Niagara, May 15.

44. 2012 "Emerging Artist," Home School Legal Defence Association website, May 10.

43. 2012 "Playlist Feature: Josh Tiessen," Bethany Community Church website, April 28.

42. 2012 "Could he be heading to National Gallery?" The Hamilton Spectator Community Free Press, full page article, April 18, p. 4.

41. 2012 "Local teen shoots for place in National Gallery," Stoney Creek News, April 12, p. 28.

40. 2012 "Heading to National Gallery? Stoney Creek teen aims high with his entry in So You Want To Be An Artist," Hamilton

       Spectator, feature article on front page of GO WEEKEND, April 7, G1.

39. 2012 "FOTEK Dinner & Dance," SNAPd Hamilton, April, Vol. 6, No. 7, p. 4.

38. 2012 "Young artist speaks at home show," Stoney Creek News, March 29, p. 20.

37. 2012 "Hamilton Home Show Preview," Morning Live, CHCH TV, March 9.

36. 2012 Front cover, The Wood Duck: Journal of The Hamilton Naturalists' Club, Vol. 65, No. 7, March, artist bio on editor's pg. 148.

35. 2012 "Tiessen gains international recognition," Stoney Creek News, February 16, p. 25.

34. 2012 "Tiessen gains international recognition," Hamilton Community News (online), February 15.

33. 2012 "Friends of the Eramosa Karst dance set for March 3," Stoney Creek News, February 9, p. 9.

32. 2012 "Tickets on sale for annual dinner/dance," Glanbrook Gazette (The Sachem online), February 7.

31. 2012 "Stoney Creek's junior citizens shine at OCNA," Stoney Creek News, February 2, 2012, pp. 1, 3.

30. 2012 "Young artist to hold Burlington exhibition next month," Stoney Creek News, January 12, p. 18.

29. 2011 "Prodigy Artist Shoots for the Stars," www.Hamilton.Openfile.ca, November 3.

28. 2011 "Hamilton Life: Josh Tiessen," Hamilton Life, Cable 14, October 25.

27. 2011 "Josh Tiessen Wins Prestigious Canadian Art Awards," Balance Magazine, Fall/Winter, p. 10.

26. 2011 "Josh Tiessen Wins Prestigious Canadian Art Awards," Hamilton Men's Magazine, Fall, p. 14.

25. 2011 "Inspired by Bateman: Young wildlife artist showcased at art festival," Niagara This Week, September 8, p 5.

24. 2011 "Inspired by Bateman: Young wildlife artist showcased at art festival," Grimsby Lincoln News, September 8, p. 5, Vol. 8, No. 21.

23. 2011 "Young Artist Garnering Admirers Throughout Art World," Stoney Creek News, September 1, p. 3.

22. 2011 "Bicycling in Killbear: biking the dog," photo credit in Killbear Provincial Park Information Guide, p. 11.

21. 2011 "FOTEK Dinner and Dance," SNAPd Hamilton, April, Vol. 5 No. 7, p. 5.

20. 2011 "Artist thanks patrons," Stoney Creek News, February 3, p. 31.

19. 2011 "Josh Tiessen's Presentation to Kiwanis," SNAPd Hamilton, February, Vol. 5 No. 5, p. 10.

18. 2011 "Josh Tiessen: Showcasing God's Creation," Full Circle, Crossroads Television, January 28.

17. 2011 "Teen Artist," Signs of the Times, January, p. 5.

16. 2010 "Friends of the Eramosa Karst dedicate new bench in conservation area," Stoney Creek News, December 16, p. 16.

15. 2010 "These Teens Are Our Next Big Successes!: Josh Tiessen," Hamilton Men's Magazine, Winter, pp. 42-43.

14. 2010 "A grand opening," Stoney Creek News, December 2, p. 17.

13. 2010 "Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery," SNAPd Hamilton, December, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 13-14.

12. 2010 "Nature provides muse for promising teen painter," Stoney Creek News, November 18, pp. 1, 18, 27.

11. 2010 "A&E Wednesday File," Hamilton Spectator, November 17, p. 15.

10. 2010 "Capturing God's Creation," Alliance Alive Stories for Life, Fall, DVD documentary.

9. 2010 "Reflecting God's Creation," CMAlliance.ca Magazine, Fall, pp.30-32.

8. 2010 "Around Town Happenings," Balance Magazine, Fall/Winter, p. 9.

7. 2010 "Teen artist gets advice from Canadian painter," Christian Week (National), September, Vol. 24, No. 9, p. 3.

6. 2010 "Teen artist gets advice from icon," Christian Week (Ontario), September, Vol. 24, No. 9, pp. 1, 6.

5. 2010 "Teen artist paints from the heart," ChristianWeek.org, August 20.

4. 2010 "Josh Tiessen Art Exhibit," Community Free Press, Hamilton, Ontario, February 17, p. 17.

3. 2009 "Local artist gives painting to MP," Stoney Creek News, March 20, p. 3.

2. 2008 "Urban Cut: Joshua Paul Tiessen" Cable 14, originally aired in Hamilton, Ontario, September.

1. 2007 "Young artist's works inspired by his travels around the world," Burlington Post, April 13, p. 37.

 

Related Work & Volunteering

2019 Speaker and exhibitor with RZIM Canada (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)

2018 Writer, Ekstasis Magazine, Love is Moving Magazine 

2015 Speaker and exhibitor at Start It Youth Conference organized by Small Business Enterprise Centre/Hamilton City Hall

2014-Present Participating business in BIA committee and events, Olde Town of Stoney Creek

2014-2018 Established and led Bethany Artists Group at Bethany Community Church (Facebook Group and meetings 4x/yr)

2014-2018 Creator and Curator of The Bethany Gallery, Bethany Community Church

2014-2015 Art Teacher and discussion group leader for TAG (Talents & Gifts) March Break Kids Camp, Bethany Community Church

2013 Juror, award presenter, speaker & art exhibitor, Lion's International Peace Poster Contest

2013-Present Board Member for FOTEK (Friends of the Eramosa Karst)

2013-2017 Planning Committee, enKindle Arts Festival, Bethany Community Church

2013-Present Established and manages his charitable "Arts for a Change Foundation"

2012-2013 Corporate sponsor for basketball team, Newman Youth Basketball

2012-2013 Year-long contract as graphic designer for corporate clients, Spinning Gear Productions

2012-Present Speaking and teaching art as guest artist in elementary schools, high schools and colleges

2012-2013 Established and organized Stoney Creek Studio Stroll, including studio tour and artisan market

2012 Jr. High Youth Leader for TAG (Talents & Gifts) Visual Arts Group, Bethany Community Church

2012 Planning Committee Chairperson, enKindle Arts Festival

2010-Present Established and operates Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery

 

Memberships

International Guild of Realism (IGOR)

Artists for Conservation (AFC)

Society of Animal Artists (SAA)

Hamilton Artists Inc.

CoBALT Connects

Bethany Artists Group

Imago

Hamilton Naturalists’ Club

Friends of the Eramosa Karst (Board Member)

Bruce Trail Conservancy

Friends of Killbear (Provincial Park)

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

International A-Team for Wildlife

Olde Stoney Creek BIA

Hamilton Arts Council

 

Representation (past & present)

Josh Tiessen Studio Gallery, Stoney Creek, Ontario

Legacy Art Gallery, Stoney Creek, Ontario

Yellow Iris Gallery, Stoney Creek, Ontario

Algonquin Art Centre, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Robert Lange Studios Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina

Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado

Jonathan LeVine Projects Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey

Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Rehs Contemporary Gallery, New York, New York

Endorsements

The Princeton Brush Company

References

Robert Bateman (Artist and Environmentalist)

Judy Major-Girardin (Professor at McMaster University School of the Arts)

Jan Toews (Legacy Gallery Owner)

Gary Goodacre (Manager, Youth and School Programs at National Gallery of Canada)

Jonathan LeVine (Owner, Jonathan LeVine Projects Gallery)

 

Portfolio, Biography, Reference Letters, Press, Media and much more may be viewed at www.joshtiessen.com

 

PHILANTHROPY

I believe all that we have comes from God, who created the world and is the ultimate Source of everything in it. I give out of sincere gratitude for all the material blessings I enjoy, and seek to responsibly steward that which God has entrusted to me: my gift for art and the financial resources which result from it. These beliefs form the basis for my philanthropic lifestyle. By seventeen I had donated funds and art to over forty charities. My donations were multiplied through charity auctions, with a framed print raising upwards to $1,000. To date, through these fundraisers my art has generated over $50,000 for seventy-five charities. I decided to start my own foundation to better coordinate my charitable giving and art donations. I chose not to use my name, as I wanted to actualize my philosophy of doing ‘art with a purpose’ to make a difference in the world in partnership with others. So I created the name Arts for a Change Foundation, to benefit individuals and organizations making a difference through humanitarian and conservation efforts. I entrusted Abundance Canada, which has a similar faith base and stewardship philosophy, to manage and disperse funds under my direction. I am thankful to my collectors who have participated with me by purchasing my art and supporting Arts for a Change Foundation. 

Josh Tiessen

 
 
 
 

SPEAKING

As an award-winning international artist, Josh is often asked to speak, teach and display his art. Having spoken at over 30 engagements including elementary and high schools, colleges, community groups, churches and conferences, Josh speaks on how he became a professional artist by 16. With the goal of inspiring and encouraging listeners, he highlights themes like the importance of mentorship, appreciation for nature, inspiration and message behind his art, doing ‘art with a purpose’ and how good things can come out of the worst circumstances. Backed by a digital slideshow depicting his journey and images of his art, Josh is a dynamic speaker who is able to adapt his presentation for audiences young and old.

 

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