It’s not an easy job but someone has to do it and taking up the challenge to judge entries in this year’s Aspects Art Show is Brisbane-based artist Wim de Vos.
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Wim is an accomplished artist in painting, printmaking, sculpture and artists books, and has taught at many institutions including Brisbane and Toowoomba TAFE. He now conducts mentoring sessions and regular classes with Adele Outteridge at the Studio West End, Brisbane.
Wim is looking forward to returning to Goondiwindi and catching up with familiar faces. He is no stranger to our region after living with his family in Toowoomba for 10 years. He was involved with the Flying Arts programme travelling and teaching throughout regional Queensland and spent eight years tutoring at the USQ McGregor Art Schools.
“I’ve had people travel from remote areas to take part in a local art class. It’s an opportunity to share in the creative experience but also a chance to catch up.
“I believe it’s really important to continue creative pursuits during hard times as well, especially in the bush. It’s important to have an outlet and there’s nothing better than making something.”
As an educator, Wim believes that art in all its forms “will help our society to survive”.
“Visual arts, music, literature - culture is what we as a society leave behind, not wealth and immaterial things.”
Wim has been invited to judge at many regional art exhibitions including Warwick, Toowoomba, Roma and also the Fine Art section at the Brisbane RNA Show.
Asked what he will be looking for in judging art works at the Goondiwindi Show he explains that he prefers to “judge blind”, making decisions without knowing the artist’s name.
“I look for originality, uniqueness and how effectively people apply art skills. I have a reputation for fairness as well as my experience and expertise.”
And what advice would he give to a potential artist?
“You can’t expect to be a brilliant artist immediately. You need to gain confidence through experience and practice. Perhaps join a group or course even though it can seem daunting at first.
“Most importantly, give it a go.”
Aspects Art Show entries close on Monday 13th April and works are due by the 21st and 23rd April.
Wim de Vos - Wim de Vos - Biography
Wim de Vos is a practicing artist whose repertoire includes, painting, printmaking, sculpture and artists books.
He was born in the Netherlands in 1947 and migrated to Australia with his family in 1959. From the mid sixties to the late seventies Wim was involved in Graphic design, the family window display business and the popular music scene. He played with a number of well known rock bands and Australian singers in many of Brisbane's discos and performance venues. His bands were support acts with such overseas greats as the Hollies, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Roy Orbison, and Santana, to name a few.
His study credits include both studies in Commercial Art, and Fine Art with honours in Printmaking at Queensland College of Art. He undertook post-graduate studies at the Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht, the Netherlands, specializing in etching, lithography, and bookmaking during 1981-82.
Wim has exhibited regularly in Queensland, interstate and internationally since 1979. His work is represented in public and private collections and publications in Australia, USA, UK, and the Netherlands.
He has taught extensively in public and private institutions since 1983 throughout Australia and has judged many regional art exhibitions in Queensland over the years. He conducts mentoring sessions and regular classes with Adele Outteridge at the Studio West End, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Images - Selection of work by Wim de Vos