“His timeless paintings and drawings resonate with people, so much so that when they purchase one, they tend to want to keep it; they enjoy having it around and never tire of its image. Very few of his pieces come up for auction”.
In 1957 Wim was awarded the Dante Alighieri gold medal by the Fine Arts Society of Florence.
Our coffee table photo book 8.5”x 11” with 34 high gloss prints is now available for purchase. $49.95
Wim Blom

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wim was born (Willem Adriaan Blom) in Germiston, South Africa on the 22nd of February 1927-(†)18th January 2021. His father, Adriaan was born in Tholen, The Netherlands, his mother was born in South Africa. More: Kaleidoscope Wim received his Fine Arts MA degrees from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and did post-graduate work at the University of Edinburg, Scotland, and at the University of Perugia, Italy. Wim Blom taught at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the Johannesburg School of Art. Trained as an art historian he held the post of Research Curator at the National Gallery of Canada and subsequently that of Curatorial Administrator. After leaving the museum world Wim Blom dedicated himself exclusively to painting. For a number of years he lived in Italy and Spain. Wim Blom travelled extensively and was greatly impressed by the work of ccontemporary Italian painters, especially that of Mario Carletti, Armando Pizzinato and Mario Sironi. Most of his time , however most of his time was spend at the University of Perugia.(Wim was a inveterate reader in several languages.) After another year of academic work at Edinburgh Univeristy he returned to his homeland in 1951. Wim Blom’s work is represented in public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the South African National Gallery, The Royal Scottish Academy and the Transvaal Art Society in South Africa and in numerous corporate and private collections in Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. Wim Blom has exhibited internationally.
Wim Blom Ian Tan Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Wim Blom Ian Tan Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Wim Blom Ian Tan Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Willem Adriaan Blom
Willem Adriaan Blom 22nd Feb.1927 - (†)18th January 2021- Obituary
Wim Blom’s work is precise, of a timeless quality. He adopts an intensely realistic approach to painting still lifes and images of uninhabited interiors, exploring the intrigue of spaces.
Realism in painting is a movement that is deeply divided in its outlook. It embraces many contradictory aspirations and has generated much controversy even in its own ranks. For these reasons, Wim Blom, who paints in a style which must be called Realist, mistrusts fashion and the vagaries of critical taste. He has succeeded in maintaining his independence from the principal trends that can at present be included under the heading of Realism. Wim Blom’s work is conceived for private contemplation and makes it special appeal to those who wish to savour at close range the artist’s particular way with form, colour, texture and light. If the size of his work invites intimate, meditative inspection, his subject matter - single objects, still life, interiors - extend an analogous invitation. In this patient, selected and passionate search, the realism of his paintings is faithful to the object represented, but it transcends reality and is submerged beneath poetic transformation. Wim Blom’s training as an art historian has made him acutely aware of history, it’s meaning and heritage. The methods of historical research instilled in him have blended with the connoisseurship he acquired as the research curator at the National Gallery of Canada. This conjunction informs his work as a painter. His paintings and drawings represent a quiet, unpublished vanguard of their own, so radically steeped in tradition as to be new and offers a fresh artistic experience. In the context of contemporary art it is fascinating to see how Wim Blom’s exploration of the past produces results with an emphatically modern flavour.

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Wim Blom

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wim was born (Willem Adriaan Blom) in Germiston, South Africa on the 22nd of February 1927. - His father, Adriaan was born in Tholen, The Netherlands his mother was born in South Africa. More: Kaleidoscope Wim received his Fine Arts MA degrees from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and did post-graduate work at the University of Edinburg, Scotland, and at the University of Perugia, Italy. Wim Blom taught at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the Johannesburg School of Art. Trained as an art historian he held the post of Research Curator at the National Gallery of Canada and subsequently that of Curatorial Administrator. After leaving the museum world Wim Blom dedicated himself exclusively to painting. For a number of years he lived in Italy and Spain. Wim Blom travelled extensively and was greatly impressed by the work of ccontemporary Italian painters, especially that of Mario Carletti, Armando Pizzinato and Mario Sironi. Most of his time , however most of his time was spend at the University of Perugia. (Wim was a inveterate reader in several languages.) After another year of academic work at Edinburgh Univeristy he returned to his homeland in 1951. Wim Blom’s work is represented in public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the South African National Gallery, The Royal Scottish Academy and the Transvaal Art Society in South Africa and in numerous corporate and private collections in Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. Wim Blom has exhibited internationally.
Willem Adriaan Blom
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(†) Willem Adriaan Blom 22nd Feb.1927 - 18th Jan.2021 Wim passed away in his sleep on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. OBITUARY
Wim Blom Ian Tan Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Wim Blom Ian Tan Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Wim Blom Ian Tan Gallery Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Voted Best Private Art Gallery of Vancouver
“His timeless paintings and drawings resonate with people, so much so that when they purchase one, they tend to want to keep it; they enjoy having it around and never tire of its image. Very few of his pieces come up for auction”.
Realism in painting is a movement that is deeply divided in its outlook. It embraces many contradictory aspirations and has generated much controversy even in its own ranks. For these reasons, Wim Blom, who paints in a style which must be called Realist, mistrusts fashion and the vagaries of critical taste. He has succeeded in maintaining his independence from the principal trends that can at present be included under the heading of Realism. Wim Blom’s work is conceived for private contemplation and makes it special appeal to those who wish to savour at close range the artist’s particular way with form, colour, texture and light. If the size of his work invites intimate, meditative inspection, his subject matter - single objects, still life, interiors - extend an analogous invitation. In this patient, selected and passionate search, the realism of his paintings is faithful to the object represented, but it transcends reality and is submerged beneath poetic transformation. Wim Blom’s training as an art historian has made him acutely aware of history, it’s meaning and heritage. The methods of historical research instilled in him have blended with the connoisseurship he acquired as the research curator at the National Gallery of Canada. This conjunction informs his work as a painter. His paintings and drawings represent a quiet, unpublished vanguard of their own, so radically steeped in tradition as to be new and offers a fresh artistic experience. In the context of contemporary art it is fascinating to see how Wim Blom’s exploration of the past produces results with an emphatically modern flavour.
Our coffee table photo book 8.5”x 11” with 34 high gloss prints is now available for purchase. $49.95
In 1957 Wim was awarded the Dante Alighieri Gold medal by the Fine Arts Society of Florence.

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