Jim van Geet was born in Amsterdam, Holland and
immigrated to Australia with his parents as a youngster.
He currently lives in the beautiful mountain country of N.E. Victoria
at the foothills of Mt. Buffalo.
He had a natural ability and desire for painting and drawing from
an early age and was fortunate to be taught art by John Borrack
and Robin Wallace-Crabbe at High School. However, his education
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, became a Furniture
Designer and continued to paint.
His love of art and the pursuit of excellence caused him to seek
Tuition from artists such as Ron Crawford, Sir William Dargie and
The Melbourne Realist Art School.
He is constantly inspired by the works of Rembrandt, Ingres, Michelangelo
and other great past masters as well as Pietro Annigoni, Andrew
Wyeth , Raymond Harris-Ching and Pino d`Angelico amongst others.
Art is a passion for Jim, as can be seen from his evocative portraits
and figurative work. He takes great delight in capturing the essence
/spirit of his subjects as they inspire him to extend his art even
He has won numerous Art awards and is eagerly sought after for
commissions, especially his portraits. His paintings grace the
walls of residences in Britain, France, U.S.A. and Holland.
His works can also be seen at Flinders and Sorrento Fine Art Galleries.
“ 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.”