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Light plays a major role in my paintings by defining and radiating a vision equally dominated by nature’s rich colors. Together these elements create expressions of emotion and joy. The newer abstract works become woven into a search for beauty within the mysteries of life and continue to emphasize my interest in light and colour.
Andris Leimanis was born in Riga, Latvia in 1938. After numerous life experiences his family arrived in Canada in 1965. Very early he showed talent for art and eventually worked for design firms in Toronto and Montreal as an illustrator and creative director.
In 1974 he graduated from Loyola College (Concordia University), in Montreal with a B.A. degree cum laude while studying with various R.C.A. professors. In 1976 he received a Masters of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in New York State.
Eventually he decided to paint full time as a fine artist with several galleries in Montreal. He experienced unusual success with his poetic depictions of Montreal with sell out shows with Galerie Bernard Desroches in Montreal, and city scene solo shows at Kar and Kaspar Galleries in Toronto. After visiting several world renowned gardens in England and France, he created garden scenes for exhibitions in Boca Raton, Florida and Carmel, California. While developing these paintings, he continued to collaborate with other galleries in Quebec City, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton Canada. Leimanis has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions and participated in an equal number of group shows.
Having been associated with Galerie de Bellefeuille for more than 25 years, Andris Leimanis can consider his greatest achievement the countless art lovers who have enjoyed his romantic realism interpretations of city life. He has shown the glamour of Sherbrooke Street, the drama of the mountain views of Peel Street during various seasons, and the charm of areas of old Montreal. More than forty major corporations have acquired his works.
He has been a member of LATVIS since 2006, and participated since 2011 in their annual 18th of November exhibits commemorating Latvia’s Independence Day. He has also participated in two Canadian Song and Dance Festival art exhibits, in 2009 and 2014. In 2014, the World Federation of Free Latvians honored him with a lifetime achievement award in fine arts.
The newer abstract landscapes and gardenscapes portray exciting nuances of form and luminosity by painting layers of lively colours that unify the image. Colours, whether muted or stimulating, stir memories or suggest joyous imagination. These illuminations create seasonal drama or peaceful reflections that are universal and timeless.