Jim Van Geet
“Artists should paint in a manner and style that expresses and satisfies their feelings. They should be guided by their natural aesthetic inclinations for it is then that they produce their best works. Through life an artist may alter his/her methods, style and subject matter to coincide with the natural changes that maturity and experience produce and it is this progression and development that creates truly exciting and dynamic art. A vital art world should encompass a wide variety of schools and styles which co-exist in unison and harmony.” - Jim Van Geet
Jim Van Geet is an artist living in the beautiful mountain country of North Eastern Victoria at the foothills of Mt. Buffalo, Australia. He was born in Amsterdam, Holland and came to Australia as a child.
From an early age Jim showed a natural desire and ability to draw and paint, but his career took a different path. After completing a Diploma of Applied Science and working as a Technical Advisor to Patent Attorneys, he then undertook a Diploma of Fine Art, changed careers and became a Furniture Designer.
All the while Jim continued to paint. Dedicated to perfecting his skills he sought tuition from artists such as John Borrack, Ron Crawford and the Melbourne Realist Art School.
Jim's evocative portraits and dynamic figurative work represent him as both a humanist and a storyteller. He delights in capturing the essence and spirit of his subjects. He calls on a diverse number of styles and mediums to communicate his sentiment. His Geisha series is decorated in gold and silver leaf.
Jim was Principal of the Black Range Art School and inaugurated the King Valley Art Show and Festival in 1996 as well as convening the Campfires against Cancer major charity art show in Albury in 2003
He was invited to exhibit in the Florence Biennale in December 2007 and was one of twelve Australians amongst 823 artists from 66 countries taking part. As a consequence of this international platform, he is now also represented by galleries in Los Angeles.
He has won numerous art awards, is eagerly sought after for commissions -especially his portraits, and his paintings grace the walls of residences in Australia, Britain, France, U.S.A and Holland.
Jim Van Geet Satoka
oil and silver leaf on canvas
Jim Van Geet Mischa
oil on canvas 60 x 90 cm
Jim Van Geet Nightlife
oil on canvas
Jim Van Geet Satoka
Oil and gold leaf on canvas