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 Paul Van Ginkel  (1960 - )

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Lived/Active: Manitoba / Canada      Known for: western painting, nudes, Native Americans

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Canadian painter Paul Van Ginkel paints large dramatic portraits of horses.

Van Ginkel attended the Alberta College of Art for four years when he was offered a salary position at the "Calgary Herald" as a graphic artist. Van Ginkel enjoyed the discipline of working under deadlines and problem solving as well as the opportunity to work on a variety of assignments. While working at the Herald he continued to paint in his spare time and in 1990 he quit to paint full time.

In 1992 Van Ginkel did his first "Calgary Stampede" a ten day long rodeo and art fair. The Calgary Stampede continues to be a signature event in Van Ginkel's career; every year he sells half of his output for the year at the show.

In November of 1992 Paul Van Ginkel made his first trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico a city which has had a great influence on his career. In 1994 he returned for four months to paint and learn from the art business atmosphere.

Paul Van Ginkel works from photographs in his studio loft in Calgary. A notable western artist he also does paintings of nudes and Native American portraits.

Source: Southwest Art; March 2004

Biography from McLarry Fine Art:
Painter Paul Van Ginkel has an affinity for the 'old west' and is fascinated with its history, figures and lifestyles of old.  His work is known within the western art community, and he has been awarded numerous awards and distinctions.

Van Ginkel was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba in 1960 and moved with his family to Calgary, Alberta in 1973.  During his childhood, art was always his greatest interest, and after high school, he attended the Alberta College of Art in Calgary.  While there, he was offered a position at the Calgary Herald as an illustrator and graphic designer. He held that position while attaining a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University in New York.

In 1990, after 7 years at the Calgary Herald, he resigned in order to paint full-time. Maintaining the routine of getting up at 6:30 a.m. and working in the studio of his downtown Calgary loft until 6 p.m., Van Ginkel averages around 90 paintings a year. He most often works in series of over 20 canvases.

Early in his career his tendency was to paint in a photo-realistic fashion, but he began taking liberties.  His current work is loose and aggressive in style and rooted in pattern and rhythm.  He uses large brushes and liberal amounts of paint on his canvases (averaging 40 x 60 inches) but his brushwork is never undisciplined despite its emotional and expressive nature. Often presented unframed with finished edges, his work conveys a sense of expansiveness.

Van Ginkel's work has been featured in numerous publications including the book Western Traditions - Contemporary Artists of the American West.  He was recently chosen by Albuquerque's Fresco Fine Art Publications as one of the top 38 contemporary western artists.

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