Tsawwassen artist gets solo show in Vancouver

Tsawwassen artist Michael Soltis has his first solo exhibition in Vancouver set to open tonight.

The show, titled Refinement, runs until Feb. 28 at Kimoto Gallery.

His abstract impressionism work uses typography and is bright, vibrant, has a lot of energy and continues to evolve, says Soltis, 43.

“I’m using a lot more layers now and colours,” he says.

His 15 paintings at the show have an acrylic resin on them, giving the pieces a glossy look.

Soltis, who built a studio in his backyard, only started seriously painting a few years ago. His work has appeared in galleries around North America.

“Every day I treat it as just a gift. Something I wanted to do as a hobby has snowballed into something that’s more than that.”

Soltis, who also works part time at Cedar Park Church, is an actor in TV and film. He was born in North Dakota, was raised near Seattle and now lives in Tsawwassen, his wife’s hometown.

There is an opening reception at Kimoto Gallery, 1525 W 6th Ave., today from 6 to 9 p.m. Soltis will be in attendance.

Visit www.soltisart.com.


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