Biography/Awards

Jim van Geet is a professional artist living in the beautiful mountain country of North Eastern Victoria at the foothills of Mt. Buffalo, Australia.

He was born in Amsterdam, Holland and came to Australia at a young age.

Although he had a natural ability and desire for painting and drawing from an early age, 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 further tuition from artists such as John Borrack, Ron Crawford and the Melbourne Realist Art School.

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 further.

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 December 2007 and was one of 12 Australians amongst 823 artists from 66 countries taking part.

As a consequence of this exhibition he is now also represented by galleries in Los Angeles.

Upon returning to Australia he jointly formed the association known as “ Florence Biennale Australia “ and convened and curated their first joint Exhibition – “ Contemporanea “. This was held over 2 months in Melbourne on 6th October 2010 and subsequently in Canberra on 6th. November 2010.

He has won numerous art awards, is eagerly sought after for commissions, especially his portraits, and his paintings grace the walls of residences in Australia, Britain, France, U.S.A and Holland.

AWARDS

2016 Finalist Percival Portrait Award QLD
2015 Finalist ANL Maritime Art Award VIC
2015  Highly Commended Wangaratta Art Show VIC
2015  Finalist Hidden faces of the Archibald VIC
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 Cricket Art Prize NSW
2012 Semi-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 RSL Award Deniliquin Art Show NSW
2006 Viewers Choice Award Milawa Art Show VIC
2006 Packer’s Award – Art Committee Bright Art Show VIC
2006 Highly Commended Bright Art Show VIC
2006 Winner – Best oil Wandiligong Art Show VIC
2006 Winner – Best Oil & Artistic Merit Award Deniliquin Art Show NSW
2006 Winner – Best Oil Corowa Art Show NSW
2005 Highly Commended Camberwell Art Show VIC
2005 Highly Commended Bacchus Marsh Art Show VIC
2004 Grand Winner King Valley Art Show VIC
2003 Winner – Best Oil Balranald Art Show NSW