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Biography Wim van Oss


Wim van Oss was born in the Dutch town Kerkdriel on the Meuse River.

At an early age he already felt attracted to an artistic career. Wim, being the youngest in a family of five children, quickly developed artistic talents. When he was 12 years old, the art teacher at his school in Den Bosch (the Netherlands) discovered that Wim had an above average artistic talent. From then on, he took private lessons.

Later on, Wim went to the Famous Artists School in Westport USA for 4 years, where he took lessons from Norman Rockwell, Ben Stahl, Austin Briggs, Robert Fawcett, Albert Dorne, Stevan Dohanos, Al Parker, George Giusti and Jon Whitcomb.

Not only did Wim learn techniques and skills, but he also gained much experience there, especially in model drawing. Wim graduated from this school, which contributed to the wide variety in style, forms and techniques that he shows in his works and teaches in courses and master classes.

His talent certainly did not remain unnoticed. As we take an in-depth look at the history of the Van Oss family, it is evident that he descends from a great painter’s family. They were the founders of a group of artists called The Hague School, which included big names such as Schelfhout, Koekkoek and Breitner.

Meanwhile Wim’s works can be found in Germany, Austria, Italy, Turkey and Los Angeles, USA.

It’s an impressive list which continues to grow. The works of Wim van Oss are part of important corporate and private collections. Wim has adopted his own unique style, which gives him a platform for developing and exploring substyles. His works leave the spectator enough room for personal interpretation, although it is clear that Wim wants his figures to convey emotions such as curiosity, envy and resignation. Characteristic of the works of Wim Oss is that they seem to ‘breathe’. Spectators get the feeling that they can walk through the painting, led by an invisible story line from the artist. A story in which the artist consciously leaves room for personal interpretation by the spectator’s imagination.

However, the energy of Wim van Oss is distinctly present in his works. His progressive work and unique style attracts strong, international interest, as the prices and development of his paintings show.

This is what expressionism as a modern art form means to Wim: “I want to express the inner self, that which is experienced in the mind. By breaking away from nature in art, expressionism is often very difficult to understand. Within this art form I try to convey the essence of things and my vision as an artist expressively and with great feeling, neglecting objective forms.”