Peter John Voormeij

Dutch born painter and printmaker, Peter John Voormeij, first came to Canada in 1965.  Trained in the realist schools of painting, he was quickly influenced by the new forms of art in the Montreal and New York galleries.

"I have been painting since the late sixties. I don't believe that it is possible to entirely understand an artwork. No matter what the topic or execution style or who painted it or when.

Even if one has an opportunity to ask an artist directly what the thought process was during the conception of the painting, and what the most important message was that needed to come across. Most likely no satisfying answer would be given.

We're still wondering what prompted our ancestors more than 30,000 years ago, to crawl into a deep cave, grind burned bones and earth pigments, mix in some animal fat, and paint the most magnificent images of animals from their time on high rough ceilings and walls.

Certainly through research and logical thinking we can assume what the artist was trying to tell the viewer. But one thing is certain, it was painted with the idea that someone would see it, whether God or man."

 - Peter John Voormeij

Voormeij acquired his Master of Arts degree from Concordia University, Montreal, where some of his instructors were the late Roy Kiyooka and Yves Gaucher. Currently painting full time, Voormeij has taught art classes at the University of British Columbia, The Arctic College and Langara College.

The Elliott Louis Gallery represents Voormeij in Canada. Eight galleries in the Netherlands show Peter's work.

Artist Work
Lohengrin
75 in x 80 in
oil on canvas with gold leaf

Artist Work
Lohengrin
75 in x 80 in
oil on canvas with gold leaf

Artist Work
Using Tender Force
57 in x 72 in
acrylic on canvas

$11000

Artist Work
Call of the Eagle
36 in x 48 in
acrylic on canvas

$4700

Artist Work
That Second
24 in x 30 in
acrylic on canvas

$2950

Artist Work
Nothing to Fear
40 in x 55 in
acrylic on canvas

$6500

Artist Work
The Northwest Passage
72 in x 119 in
oil on canvas

$23550

Artist Work
Prey Lingers
36 in x 48 in
acrylic on canvas

$4700

Artist Work
The Last Samson
20 in x 24 in
acrylic on canvas

$2500

Artist Work
What I Desire
11 in x 14 in
acrylic on linen

$1250

Artist Work
I Am American Bred
24 in x 30 in
acrylic on canvas

$2950

Artist Work
Coming Home
40 in x 55 in
acrylic on canvas

$6500

Artist Work
Never Give Up
80 in x 120 in
oil on Belgian linen

$26400

Artist Work
Two Nights in San Antonio
79 in x 119 in
oil on Belgian linen

$25850

Artist Work
Origin
72 in x 119 in
oil on Belgian linen

$23550

Artist Work
Arrive in Rome
11 in x 14 in
acrylic on linen

$1250

Artist Work
Most Fit For Lovers
30 in x 24 in
acrylic on canvas

$2950

Artist Work
Start Again
48 in x 72 in
acrylic on canvas

$9500

Artist Work
Pagannini
59 in x 119 in
oil on Belgian linen

$19300

Artist Work
Counter Composition No.4
16 in x 16 in

$1800

Artist Work
Counter Composition No.6
16 in x 16 in
acrylic on canvas

$1800

Artist Work
Counter Composition No.8
16 in x 16 in

$1800

Artist Work
Counter Composition No.1
16 in x 16 in

$1800

Artist Work
Counter Composition No.3
16 in x 16 in
acrylic on canvas

$1800

Artist Work
Counter Composition No.7
16 in x 16 in
acrylic on canvas

$1800

Artist Work
Burrard Inlet
39.5 in x 71 in
acrylic on canvas

$8100

Artist Work
The Voice I Know
20 in x 24 in
acrylic on canvas

$2500

Artist Work
Spanish Banks
20 in x 24 in
acrylic on canvas

$2500

Artist Work
I Fear Nothing
11 in x 14 in
acrylic on linen

$1250

Artist Work
A Kingly Voice
54 in x 72 in
oil & acrylic on canvas

$10700