WILLEM EERLAND



Willem Eerland
'JANUS'


Willem Eerland
'NIEUW AMSTERDAM'


Willem Eerland
'The Hoogars'


Willem Eerland
'USS JOHN F. KENNEDY'


Willem Eerland
'J-Class'



Willem Eerland
'SS STATENDAM'


Willem Eerland
'Black Night'

I live in a small village in Holland in the neighborhood of Rotterdam. I was already fascinated by everything about sailing. As the son of a tugboat captain I spend from my 5th year all my spare time on the water. I endlessly made drawings of boats on newspapers and pieces of paper. The foundation for all my marine art is ever based on those early experiences.

After school time I sailed for 8 years on tugboats of which 2 years as a captain. Since 1998 I’m General Manager of a Ferryboat Company.

In 1980 I took some drawing and painting lessons. Now I make oil paintings, water colors and gouaches. I like to know first everything about the ships before I start painting it. For this information I look in museums and archi­ves. I don't use the information as a painter only, but also as a publisher. I regularly publish articles about marine painters an about Sail-, tug, steamboats and their owners for the Dutch Maritime Magazines.

I was together with my friend marine artist Tim Thompson on the Solent during The great Jubilee in 2001. We both make quick sketches and a lot of video and photographs. It was the best holiday of my life and gave us the opportunity to going through with painting for years.

Exhibitions
1990 First solo exhibition in the Museum of Katwijk Holland. It was a great success with among others a documentary for the Dutch TV in a program of 10 minutes.

1991 Solo exhibition in the Maritime Museum of Svendborg te Denmark. Also 2 paintings in the Mystic Seaport Gallery in the famous Mystic Seaport Museum.

1992 With among others Thomas Wells an exhibition on the Åland Islands during the World congress of the Cape Horners.

1994 With others artists in Appledore (S.W. England).

1995 During 4 months Solo-exhibition in the Fishing Museum of Vlaardingen Holland, opened by Mr. Peter Gilmore alias James Onedin.

1996 With others in the Atlantic Gallery Washington USA

1997 With others in the Atlantic Gallery Washington and in July and August in the Kendall Gallery and in the Marine Gallery Cowes UK. Two paintings in Mystic International ‘97. One painting sold and the other piece has been selected for inclusion in the 1999 Mystic Art of the see calendar (sold in 1999).

1998 With others in the Atlantic Gallery Washington USA and two paintings in the Mystic International 1998.

1999 With others in the Atlantic Gallery Washington and the Annual Spring Show in the Mystic Seaport Gallery and The 20th Mystic International. Work in the Mystic Calendar 1999.

2000 With others in Modern Marine Masters in The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport and in The 21st Annual Mystic International.

2001 With others in Modern Marine Masters in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport and The 22nd Annual Mystic International.

2002 With others in Modern marine Masters and the 23e Annual International Marine Art Exhibition in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

2003 With others in 23rd Annual International Marine Art Exhibition in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

2004 With others in the Holliday Show in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport and The 25th International Art Exhibition in the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

2005 With others in the Russell Jinishian Gallery at New York and the 26th International Art Exhibition in The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.


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