Artwork by Wim Blom
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.