began his fine art studies as a child in the Netherlands,
his country of birth. There he attended the Hopmanshuis
fine art school in the medieval city of Zwolle. 1958
brought Gerrit Verstraete to Canada.
After attending highschool he enrolled in 1964 at the
Ontario College of Art. He graduated with honours in
1968. He is an Associate ( AOCA ) of the Ontario College
of Art. For thirty-four years he has developed his passion
for drawing. He is an accomplished classical drawing
artist. In addition he has taught drawing in workshop
and seminar sessions where he focusses on the classical
Renaissance style of "studio critique method" of teaching.
He spends most of his time drawing in his private Masterpeace
Fine Art Studio on Gabriola Island, British Columbia,
Canada. With a special focus on drawing, Gerrit Verstraete
creates his "Art of the spirit" as
an expression of the human spirit, endowed by the Spirit
of God to create images that communicate experience
as well as vision, solutions as well as problems, hope
as well as futility. Gerrit Verstraete is also the founder
of the Drawing Society of Canada.
Gerrit Verstraete's drawing styles encompass a broad
range of original drawings including the meticulous
detail of realistic and representational "Academy" classical
drawings, free- spirited expressionist "Renaissance"
drawings, "Silverpoint" drawings and highly contemporary
expressionist drawings in mixed media. "Art of the spirit"
is Gerrit Verstraete's private and public journey of
drawing in the footsteps of the masters. In addition
to creating fine art masterpieces for sale or gallery
exhibition, he also accepts private and corporate commissions.
Many of his fine arty drawings are in private and corporate
collections as well as special collections of such places
as Upper Canada College, British Columbia's Government
House, and the Chemainus Theatre. The original drawings
of Gerrit Verstraete are a solid investment in the proven
world of fine art collecting and investment.
imaging simply cannot match or capture the integrity
and beauty of Gerrit Verstraete's
drawings, the following Photo
Gallery offers you a sampling of the quality
of his work. The best thing of course is to make a private
appointment to view the originals up close and personal.
You will be truly impressed.
"Hopmanshuis," a 17th century building in Zwolle, along the city's inner canal, where Gerrit Verstraete began his first art lessons in 1950.
1950 - The Dutch painter, Stien Eelsingh ( 1903-1964
), who was Gerrit Verstraete's first art teacher at
the "Hopmanshuis" art school, when
he was 5 years old in Zwolle, the Netherlands
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"Queen and King," ( 1950 ) is the
first work of art created as a group project by Gerrit
Verstraete and fellow students of Stien Eelsingh.
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1950 - fellow students at "Hopmanshuis"
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