Willem deBeer - Biography
Willem de Beer has been involved in picture making from his early childhood and was taught the basics of painting in oils by his father who himself was a popular amateur artist. His first oil painting was sold to a local lawyer in his home town when Willem was only nine years old. His school years were cluttered with art competitions in which he excelled.
After studying at the University of Pretoria he became a full time commercial artist and was involved in painting massive 'front of house` paintings for cinema hoardings for the 20th Century Fox film group. He also worked for a successful illustrating studio in Johennesburg ' Rent A Studio International` at which time some of his illustrations appeared in the Reader`s Digest magazine
From 1985 Willem devoted himself full time to be a professional artist. Since then, most of his output consisted of wildlife painting. Running parallel with his love for wildlife art is his passion for conservation of wildlife.
In 1991 his contribution to the 'Whale Tail` exhibition in Nairobi and Kenya was purchased by HRH Prince Bernard of the Netherlands from among five hundred wildlife paintings. Apart from being a master wildlife artist, Willem has also distinguished himself as a portrait, landscape and marine artist, due to his commercial art background.
Willem`s client list includes names such as Lord Montague of Beaulieu for whom he completed several commissions. His work also hangs in private and corporate collections in South Africa, England, Taiwan and the Netherlands.
His work has also been published in England as limited edition prints and in the USA as fine art prints. Furthermore he has carried out several 'post-
safari` commissions for clients who wanted a permanent memory of their experiences. Willem de Beer`s work can regularly be seen in exhibitions and auctions in support of conservation issues.
Willem de Beer is a signature member of the prestigeous Society of Animal Artists in New York City. He believes that the increasing popularity of his work goes hand in hand with his personal motto, 'to open a window on nature` for the viewers of his work.