Peter John Voormeij

Dutch born painter and printmaker, Peter John Voormeij, first came to Canada in 1965.  Trained in the realist schools of painting, he was quickly influenced by the new forms of art in the Montreal and New York galleries.

"I have been painting since the late sixties. I don't believe that it is possible to entirely understand an artwork. No matter what the topic or execution style or who painted it or when.

Even if one has an opportunity to ask an artist directly what the thought process was during the conception of the painting, and what the most important message was that needed to come across. Most likely no satisfying answer would be given.

We're still wondering what prompted our ancestors more than 30,000 years ago, to crawl into a deep cave, grind burned bones and earth pigments, mix in some animal fat, and paint the most magnificent images of animals from their time on high rough ceilings and walls.

Certainly through research and logical thinking we can assume what the artist was trying to tell the viewer. But one thing is certain, it was painted with the idea that someone would see it, whether God or man."

 - Peter John Voormeij

Voormeij acquired his Master of Arts degree from Concordia University, Montreal, where some of his instructors were the late Roy Kiyooka and Yves Gaucher. Currently painting full time, Voormeij has taught art classes at the University of British Columbia, The Arctic College and Langara College.

The Elliott Louis Gallery represents Voormeij in Canada. Eight galleries in the Netherlands show Peter's work.


2100 Square Meters Kunst, Royal Palace, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Art in Brabant, Paul De Pont, De Volkskrant, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Art in Vlijmen, city project, Marienkroon, Nieuwkuijk, The Netherlands  
Art of the Valley, Okanagan Life, Ann-Charlotte Berglund, Kelowna, Canada  
Art Today in the Netherlands, NBKS, Cultural Centre, Tilburg, The Netherlands  
Basis Collectie Kunst, Ferd Op De Coul, Brabants Museum, The Netherlands  
Beeldenstroom, Recent Purchases in The Netherlands, province of North Brabant, The Netherlands  
Belief in Pure Painting, Bas Roodnat, N.R.C. Handelblad, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Brandscherm als Beeldscherm, editor of Kunstbeeld magazine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canada Council, Filmboard of Canada, Ottawa  
Collection of Modern Drawings and Prints, University Press, Nijmegen, The Netherlands  
Contemporary Dutch Art, Oss, Museum Oss, The Netherlands  
De Gebarentaal van Voormeij, Ferd Op De Coul, Brabants Dagblad, The Netherlands  
Dutch Art, by editor of Kunstbeeld magazine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  
Grafiek 1985, Museum Bommel van Dam, Venlo, The Netherlands  
Grafiek Nu, Bas Roodnat, N.R.C. Rotterdam, The Netherlands  
Grafiek uit de Benelux, City Council of Antwerp, Belgium  
Het Handwerk van Zuivere Rede, Maarten Beks, Ravenberg Press, The Netherlands  
Intergrafica 86, Katovice City Museum Publication, Poland  
Kunstcollectie in Aanbouw, Maarten Beks, Brabantia Press, The Netherlands  
Lejnieks Newsletter, San Francisco, USA  
Peter John Voormeij, Painter, Highway 97, S. Raitt, Penticton, Canada  
Peter John Voormeij, Recent Works, Piet Hagenaars, The Netherlands
Poetry and Painting, De Hovenier, Eindhoven, The Netherlands  
Schouwburg Roosendaal, Roosendaal, The Netherlands  
Stoffwechsel K18, Kassel, Germany  
Tennantís Gift of a Painting, Roger Hale, Minneapolis, USA
Twaalf Bijzondere Schalen, PNEM Den Bosch, The Netherlands  
Uitbreiding Raadhuis, Wim Visser, B&D Architects, The Netherlands  
Waalwijk Zoekt Kunstwerk, Felix Janssens, Brabants Dagblad, The Netherlands  
Zwart en Wit, Urias Nootenboom, Ravenberg Press, The Netherlands
1970  Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, M.A. Fine Arts, Painting and Printmaking; studies with
            Yves Gaucher and Roy Kiyooka
1968  Loyola College, Montreal, Canada
1962 University of Adelaide, South Australia, B.F.A. Summa Cum Laude in painting
Solo Exhibitions
2011    Galerie Schilder, Breda, The Netherlands
2010    Galerie Schilder, Breda, The Netherlands
2010    Through Dutch Eyes III, Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver
2007    Through Dutch Eyes II - Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005    Through Dutch Eyes - Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
1993    Vormvast Gallery, The Netherlands
1992    Marshall Fine Arts Building Gallery, Texas
1992    Patrick Doheny Art Gallery, Vancouver
1991    Patrick Doheny Art Gallery, Vancouver
1991    The Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton
Group Exhibitions
2009    Galerie Schilder, Breda, The Netherlands
2009    Galerie 'Sous-Terre', Lithoijen, the Netherlands
2008    Galerie 'Sous-Terre', Lithoijen, the Netherlands
2007    Galerie 'Sous-Terre', Lithoijen, the Netherlands
2006    Transition - Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2006    Textures - Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005    Autumnity - Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2005    Eye Spy - Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver
2004    Liliana de Vries Gallery, Houston, TX
2003    Gallery Artists Summer Exhibition - Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver
2003    Galerie de Compagnie, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
2002    Gallery Artists Summer Exhibition - Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver
2002    Galerie de Compagnie, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
2002    Lejnieks Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2002    Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts Ltd, Vancouver
2001    Galerie de Compagnie, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
2001    Lejnieks Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000    Galerie de Compagnie, Dordrecht, the Netherlands
2000    Lejnieks Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999    Lejnieks Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998    Lejnieks Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997    Lejnieks Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1994-02    Buschlen Mowatt Fine Arts Ltd, Vancouver, Canada
                 Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
                 Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
1993    Vormvast Gallery, the Netherlands  
1992    Jan Cunen Museum, the Netherlands, group show
1992    Patrick Doheny  Gallery, Vancouver
1991    Patrick Doheny  Gallery, Vancouver
1991    The Art gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC
1990    Gallery Nieuw Perspectief, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1990    Kunsthandel De Benelux, Oss, the Netherlands
1989    City Hall, Oudenbosch, the Netherlands  
1989    Museum of North Brabant, the Netherlands  
1989    Art Fair (Beursgebouw) Amsterdam, the Netherlands  
1988    Singermuseum, Laren, the Netherlands
1988    Exhibition Internationale de Gravure, Menton, France
1987    Dutch Painting After 1945, Bergen op Zoom, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
1986    International Biennale, Cracow, Poland
1986    Singermuseum, Laren, the Netherlands  
1985     International Art Fair, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1984    Jan Cunen Museum, Oss, the Netherlands
1984    Galerie Perspectief, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
1983    Contemporary Dutch Painting, Museum of North Brabant, the Netherlands
1982    Stofwechsel, Kassel, W. Germany  
1980    Internationale Biennale, Cracow, Poland
1978    Internationale Biennale, Cracow, Poland

Commissions & Public Acquisitions
2002/9    Portraits of Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. Jack and Doris Shadbolt; oil on canvas. Property of The Canadian National Portrait Gallery, Ottawa
1999    Canadian Film Board Award, collaborative animation film in conjunction with Stephen Arthur
1962    4 year Commonwealth and Educational Scholarship
1962    George Rowney Award, 1st prize for painting
1998/2009 Instructor. Nunavut Arts Festival, Iqaluit.
1996-97     Lecturer, Langara College, Vancouver BC, Canada
1993-96     Instructor, Painting, University of British Columbia, Canada. Arts and Humanities
1991          Instructor, Painting, Arctic College, N.W.T. Canada
1975-88     Lecturer, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
1974-88     Senior Lecturer, Painting, Royal College of Art and Design, the Netherlands
1970          Professor, Lehmann College, City University of New York, USA