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’