Biography/Awards

Jim van Geet is a professional artist living in the beautiful mountain country of N.E. Victoria at the foothills of Mt. Buffalo.

After completing a Diploma of Applied Science and working as a Technical Advisor to Patent Attorneys, he then undertook a Diploma of Fine Art, became a Furniture Designer and manufacturer and continued to paint.

In the pursuit of excellence he undertook further tuition from artists such as John Borrack, Sir William Dargie, Ron Crawford and The Melbourne Realist Art School.
Sought after for commissions, especially his portraits, his paintings grace the walls of residences in Australia, Britain, France, U.S.A. and Holland.

He was Principal of the Black Range Art School and inaugurated the King Valley Art Show and Festival in 1996 as well as convening the “Campfires against Cancer” major charity art show in Albury in 2003.

He was invited to Exhibit in the Florence Biennale in Italy in December 2007 and was one of 12 Australians amongst 840 International artists from 74 countries to participate. He convened the “Contemporanea “ Exhibition in Melbourne and Canberra to showcase the Australian artists represented there.
As a consequence of this exhibition he is now also represented by galleries in Los Angeles.

Although represented by other Australian galleries he is also the owner/director of Myrtleford Gallery where he showcases the work of 30+ artists from around Australia as well as some of his own paintings.

Jim is a multi-award winner and a regular entrant in the major portrait exhibitions such as the Archibald, Moran, Percival and Black Swan Portrait exhibitions.

AWARDS

2018 Finalist Percival Portrait Award QLD
2017 Finalist Hidden Faces of the Archibald VIC
2016 Highly Commended Wangaratta Art Show VIC
2016 Finalist Hidden Faces of the Archibald VIC
2016 Finalist Percival Portrait Award QLD
2015 Finalist Anzac Art Award QLD
2014 Finalist ANL Maritime Art Award VIC
2014 Finalist Hidden Faces of the Archibald VIC
2014 Finalist Percival Portrait Award QLD
2014 Highly Commended Deniliquin Art Show NSW
2014 Highly Commended Wagga Wagga Art Show NSW
2013 Finalist Hidden faces of the Archibald VIC
2012 Finalist Mortimore Art Prize NSW
2012 Finalist World Cricket Art Prize NSW
2012 Finalist Moran Portrait Awards NSW
2012 Finalist Hidden Faces of the Archibald VIC
2012 Highly Commended King Valley Art Show VIC
2011 Winner – Best Oil Corowa Art Show NSW
2011 Highly Commended Wangaratta Art Show
2011 Finalist Black Swan Prize for Portraiture WA
2011 Finalist Hidden Faces of the Archibald VIC
2010 Finalist Mortimore Art Prize NSW
2010 Finalist Black Swan Prize for Portraiture WA
2010 Finalist Hidden Faces of the Archibald VIC
2009 Finalist James Farrell Self Portrait Award VIC
2009 Finalist ANL Maritime Award VIC
2009 Finalist Black Swan Prize for Portraiture WA
2009 Finalist Hidden faces of the Archibald VIC
2009 Highly Commended Mount View Art Show VIC
2009 Highly Commended Bright Art Show VIC
2009 Highly Commended Corowa Art Show NSW
2008 Finalist Mortimore Art Prize Portraiture NSW
2008 Finalist Black Swan Prize for Portraiture WA
2008 Highly Commended Corowa Art Show NSW
2007 Highly Commended Camberwell Art Show VIC
2007 Winner – Best oil Deniliquin Art Show NSW
2006 Viewers Choice Award Milawa Art Show VIC
2006 Packer’s Award Bright Art Show VIC
2006 Highly Commended Bright Art Show VIC
2006 Winner – Best oil Wandiligong Art Show VIC
2006 Winner – Best Oil Deniliquin Art Show NSW
2006 Winner – Best Oil Corowa Art Show NSW
2005 Highly Commended Camberwell Art Show VIC
2004 Grand Winner King Valley Art Show VIC
2003 Winner – Best Oil Balranald Art Show NSW