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Lived/Active: California/New York / Netherlands      Known for: portrait, abstract, landscape and still-life painting, sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born: April 7, 1939 in the Dutch town of Putte, Netherlands.

Live/Active: North Dakota, New York, California

Known For: His diverse style, in classical, portraits, contemporary, abstract, landscape, nature, and still life.

His Treasures of King Tut collection, Kings and Queens of Europe collection consist of diamonds, gold, and other precious stones.

William Joseph Verdult, who calls himself the "Dutch Master", was born April 7, 1939 in Putte, Netherlands on the Belgium-Holland border.  Born during German's occupation of his country, he spent the first two years of his life in a hospital.  Throughout his early years he suffered from small-pox, and rheumatic fever. 

Self- taught he started painting around this time.  In 1950 at the age of eleven he moved with his family to America and spent his youth in North Dakota.  His years in the Dakotas helped define some of his works today.  Later his family moved to Long Island New York.  Though a bright student, he had little interest in school.  To help his family,  he at age sixteen, went to work in a machinist factory.  After work William spent most of his time in Time Square, New York drawing, painting, watching and studying people of all colors and nationalities.

In 1960, at 21, William and his family moved to California and Newport Beach-Balboa Island became home.

Within a year he had sold his paintings in Newport, Palm Springs, Laguna and Los Angeles, California.  Awarded "Artist of the Year" by the Costa Mesa Art League, nearly 35 years later he has works that are still displayed in Costa Mesa.

While exhibiting his work at the Catalina Island Exhibit and at the Laguna Art Festival in California, he caught the attention of Peter Paul Ott, sculptor whom he studied under. Afterwards he studied with Stanley Brooks and Danny Garcia at the Carmel School of Art.  He taught at the school as well.  In 1967, he opened his own gallery in Carmel, California.

From 1968 through 1977 as a tireless painter known for his 3 am start time, his career took off.  Incorporating classical, traditional, modern, avant-garde in his style, art lovers, celebrities, and investors were drawn to his work.

During this period, he opened galleries in Hawaii, Palm Beach, Florida, Laguna Beach, and Palm Springs California.

After nearly 20 years of work he completed his rendition of King Tut Treasures including in his paintings, gold, diamonds, and precious stones.

Though his exhibits and showings are too lengthy to list they include headliner exhibits and showings of the Tut Collection and other works at the Sahara, Sands, Sundance and Marina hotels in Las Vegas, as well as five star establishments in San Francisco, Corona Del Mar, and Beverly Hills Hollywood California, Atlanta, Hawaii, Florida and Texas. Today seven pieces of the Tut 53 piece jeweled collection is on display at the Tanglewood Resort in Texas.

Though William did not follow the traditional museum route in displaying and promoting his works, his art followers and personal friends include a list of whose who in Hollywood highlighted by his close friendship with Telly Savalas. Some collectors of his work include: Frank Sinatra, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, Jack Lord, Farrah Fawcett, Telly Savalas, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lee Majors, Alfred Hitchcock, Tom Jones, Kim Novak, Robert Redford, John Wayne, Red Skeleton, Dana Mark of 'Police Academy', Connie Francis, and Clint Eastwood.

A true philanthropist he has donated money and many of his works to charity, state governments, educational centers and foundations.  His work entitled Into The Battle Front hangs on Top of the Mountain Building in Stone Mountain Park, Georgia.  The Make a Wish Foundation, the Governors of Georgia and Hawaii and numerous universities have thanked him for his generous donations to their causes and institutions.

William Verdult is retired and resides in Palm Springs California. (2006)

Listing of solo and group exhibitions:
1. July - October - 2000 Houston Community College Inaugural Exhibit - King Tut
2. December 6, 1999 -One man Showing Beverly Hills, CA Exhibit
3. Feb 22, 1991 King Tut One Man Showing Daytona Beach, FL
4. 1987 - One Man Showing - Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
5. Nov 19 -25 1984 King Tut Showing at the Sands Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
6. Nov 10-17   1984 King Tut Showing at Alladin Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
7. July 19-21   1984 King Tut Showing at the Hotel, Atlanta, GA
8. July 10-17   1984 King Tut Showing at the Sundance Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
9. Mar 25 - April 2, 1984 King Tut Showing at Sarah, Las Vegas, NV - Telly Savalas Special Guest
10. July 6-8, 1980 - One Person Show - Hotel Saint Fransis, Union Square, San Francisco, CA
11. November 20, 1976 - Corona Del Mar - Special Guest Lennon Sisters
12. 1967 - Laguna Beach, California Art Festival
13. 1967 - Catalina Island Exhibit

Museums where his work can be found in permanent collection:
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia; Hawaii State Foundation of Cultural Arts

Literature References:
Verdult: An Experience in Diversity,
Kenny: the man who looked like the shroud - A true account. Author: Kolowrat,
Ernest, (documenter and editor), [William Verdult].
The Artist Blue Book, 2005
Official Price Guide to Collector Prints (1985)
William Verdult - Biographical Sketch (Urban Media Publication - 2006)
William Verdult - Scrapbook Urban Media Publication - 2006)

Studied: Carmel, California School of Art. Studied with Peter Paul Ott, sculptor; Stanley Brooks and Danny Garcia at the Carmel School of Art.

Verdult has taught at Carmel School of Art, and has given numerous workshops around the country.  His latest workshop was at the Houston Community College School of Arts.

Awards: Special Resolution by the Georgia State Senate; Artist of the Year" by the Costa Mesa Art League

Permanent files and records of Wealth Enterprises - Verdult Corporation, including newspaper articles, letters from governors and other dignitaries, letters from colleges, and Make a Wish Foundation, letters from Brinks Security Corporation, records of sales at auction on the internet by the Wealth Enterprises - Verdult Corporation.




This biography from the Archives of AskART:
William Joseph Verdult was born in Putte, Netherlands in 1939.  Verdult studied with Peter Paul Ott and with Stanley Brooks and Danny Garcia at the Carmel School of Art in California.  He later taught at that school and established a gallery in Carmel.  He currently lives in southern California. 

Exhibited:  Laguna Art Festival, 1967.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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