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John Kisch

Born in Neukirchen, Austria, and trained in European style in Vienna and Munich, Kirsh came to the US in 1920. He opened a studio in Estes Park in 1944, and spent summers there hiking the trails, and painting en plein air. He summered in Estes until his death in 1977.

Kirsch was known for his architectural decoration, and specialized in church murals and stained glass. He decorated 400 churches in at least 15 states throughout the country. In Estes Park, he worked primarily in oils, but also executed works in watercolor, murals and stained glass. Kirsch painted on a number of unusual surfaces including old tin ceiling tiles, sheet aluminum and copper panels. These are quite striking in person.

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