Blom, Wim (1927-)

Artwork by Wim Blom


Reflect (SOLD)


Trilogy (SOLD)

Born in South Africa and educated at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the University of Perugia, Italy.  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 and exhibited internationally.

Wim Blom is a devoted traveller and an inveterate reader in several languages. Wim Blom’s work is represented in public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, 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.

EDUCATION B.A. Hons., M.A., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; University of Perugia, Italy; Studied painting, Florence, Italy; Studied graphic techniques, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Canada; Studied lithography, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

APPOINTMENTS Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Instructor, Johannesburg Art School, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Research curator, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and Editor of the Bulletin of the National Gallery of Canada; Curatorial Administrator, National Gallery of Canada.

AWARDS 1957    Dante Alighieri Gold Medal, Fine Arts Society of Florence, Italy 
1979    Medalla de honor, XVII Salón de Primavera, Atenéo de Mahón, Spain
1982    Primo Premio, Certámen Internacional de Pintura, Mahón, Spain
1998    Fellowship, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Republic of Ireland.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 1957    Prima mostra di artisti stranieri residenti in Firenze, Florence, Italy
            Prima mostra internacionale di pittura, Vallombrosa, Italy
1966    Canadian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
1969    Six Canadian Painters, Picture Loan Gallery, Toronto
1973    Art 4’73, International Art Fair, Basel
            Summer exhibition, Galerie Schulze-Theiler, Münster
1974    Art 5’74, International Art Fair, Basel
1975    The Perth Prize for Drawing International, Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth
1982    Certámen Internacional de Pintura, Mahón, Menorca
1988    Albemarle Gallery, London, UK
1990    Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1993    Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
1998    Vortex Gallery, Salt Spring Island
2000    Vortex Gallery, Salt Spring Island
2002    Vortex Gallery, Salt Spring Island
2004    Mitchell Gallery, Salt Spring Island
2007    Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver PRESS & PUBLICATIONS Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge and London, Vol. 11, 1975, p. 186
Oliver Knight, Wim Blom in Kaleidoscope, Johannesburg, 1977
Miguel Angel Limón, Wim Blom, una vida entregada al arte, Diario de Menorca, 9 September 1982, p. 6
Esmé Berman, Art and Artists of South Africa, Cape Town, 1983, pp. 65-66
Alain Vignaud, Introduction, Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery International Cape Town, 1986
Sheree Loos, Johannesburg Art and Artists: Selections from a Century, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, 1986, 00. 47-78
Mark Glazebrook, Introduction, Exhibition Catalogue, Albemarle Gallery, London, 1988
Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canadian Art, vol. 1, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1988, pp. 97-98
Lucy Alexander, 150 South African Paintings. Past and Present, Struikhof Publishers (Pty) Ltd., Cape Town, 1990, p. 122 He lives and works in British Columbia.