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Willem Dolphyn 80 Years

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WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years

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WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years

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WILLEN DOLPHYN 80 Paintings for 80 Years 13 27 November 2015 Fruits like having their portrait painted They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading Their thought is given off with their perfumes They come with all their scents they speak of the fields they have left the rain which has nourished them the daybreaks they have seen Paul Cezanne Celebration Birthdays and anniversaries mark special and important milestones and this rather special Willem Dolphyn exhibition remarkably achieves two With Willem s typical style and Burgundian love of life we have Willem s 80th year neatly coinciding with a very special 30 year anniversary of exhibiting with our gallery Willem arrived at Bill Patterson s door in 1985 kindred spirits struck a chord immediately and a deep friendship began between the two gentlemen Over the years the main characters have changed some old friends sadly departing but some new friends arriving and even Willem s London home has moved Consistently watching over all this however has been Willem himself The one solid constant throughout the ever changing times Willem effortlessly evolving from an energetic quinquagenarian to a lively sexagenarian to a talented septuagenarian to an awesome octogenarian Throughout these years we have all enjoyed Willem s generosity his time his world and his passionate imagination The quality of his work has been consistently outstanding and inspiring In honour and celebration of 80 magnificent years we have collated together a collection of 80 paintings to illustrate the exceptional talent with which Willem is blessed We invite you to come and enjoy these masterpieces Many many happy returns from us all on your 80th Birthday and very many thanks for your loyalty and love over 30 years With best wishes from all of your friends in London

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WILLEN DOLPHYN 80 Paintings for 80 Years 13 27 November 2015 Fruits like having their portrait painted They seem to sit there and ask your forgiveness for fading Their thought is given off with their perfumes They come with all their scents they speak of the fields they have left the rain which has nourished them the daybreaks they have seen Paul Cezanne Celebration Birthdays and anniversaries mark special and important milestones and this rather special Willem Dolphyn exhibition remarkably achieves two With Willem s typical style and Burgundian love of life we have Willem s 80th year neatly coinciding with a very special 30 year anniversary of exhibiting with our gallery Willem arrived at Bill Patterson s door in 1985 kindred spirits struck a chord immediately and a deep friendship began between the two gentlemen Over the years the main characters have changed some old friends sadly departing but some new friends arriving and even Willem s London home has moved Consistently watching over all this however has been Willem himself The one solid constant throughout the ever changing times Willem effortlessly evolving from an energetic quinquagenarian to a lively sexagenarian to a talented septuagenarian to an awesome octogenarian Throughout these years we have all enjoyed Willem s generosity his time his world and his passionate imagination The quality of his work has been consistently outstanding and inspiring In honour and celebration of 80 magnificent years we have collated together a collection of 80 paintings to illustrate the exceptional talent with which Willem is blessed We invite you to come and enjoy these masterpieces Many many happy returns from us all on your 80th Birthday and very many thanks for your loyalty and love over 30 years With best wishes from all of your friends in London

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Arabic Treasures Oil on Canvas 6 28 x 40 70 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 7

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Arabic Treasures Oil on Canvas 6 28 x 40 70 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 7

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8 Silver Strawberries Red White and Blue Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 9

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8 Silver Strawberries Red White and Blue Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 9

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10 Pear Delight Sweet Temptation Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 11

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10 Pear Delight Sweet Temptation Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 11

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12 A Trio of Strawberries The Artist s Interlude Fresh on the Branch Oil on Panel Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 6 x 4 15 x 10 cms 6 x 4 15 x 10 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 13

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12 A Trio of Strawberries The Artist s Interlude Fresh on the Branch Oil on Panel Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 6 x 4 15 x 10 cms 6 x 4 15 x 10 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 13

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14 Golden Figs A Taste of the Orient Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 28 x 20 70 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 15

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14 Golden Figs A Taste of the Orient Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 28 x 20 70 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 15

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Willem in the Army Willem at 5 months old Childhood and Young Adult Victor and Anna Born in Antwerp on 17 May 1935 Willem Leo Jan Dolphyn was the only son of Victor Dolphyn and Anna de Ridder In 1941 his father Victor began teaching at the Academy in Antwerp and with his father already an established and talented artist Willem clearly had painting in his blood He began drawing at the age of 4 with a picture of a group of swans inspired after a visit to the Antwerp Zoo It was at the age of 12 that through his grandfather s tales he began his interest in Eastern culture and when he was 15 he signed up as an ordinary seaman to give himself the opportunity to travel and explore for himself He visited countries including Turkey Greece Lebanon Egypt and Libya and it wasn t long before he was to travel to the Far East to see for himself where these tales came from It is a passion that has never left him and has grown stronger and stronger over the years Later that year in 1950 he joined the Antwerp Academy and at 17 became the youngest pupil to be admitted to the National Higher Institute for Fine Arts where he excelled and honed his skills Willem with Anna In 1954 Willem joined the army in the 29th Engineering Corps and for two years moved bags of cement around but his true calling always remained and it wasn t too long before he found the success which would enable him to fund his extraordinary passion for collecting and more importantly would allow him to share his talent with the entire world The Dolphyn Family on the Beach 16 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 17

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Willem in the Army Willem at 5 months old Childhood and Young Adult Victor and Anna Born in Antwerp on 17 May 1935 Willem Leo Jan Dolphyn was the only son of Victor Dolphyn and Anna de Ridder In 1941 his father Victor began teaching at the Academy in Antwerp and with his father already an established and talented artist Willem clearly had painting in his blood He began drawing at the age of 4 with a picture of a group of swans inspired after a visit to the Antwerp Zoo It was at the age of 12 that through his grandfather s tales he began his interest in Eastern culture and when he was 15 he signed up as an ordinary seaman to give himself the opportunity to travel and explore for himself He visited countries including Turkey Greece Lebanon Egypt and Libya and it wasn t long before he was to travel to the Far East to see for himself where these tales came from It is a passion that has never left him and has grown stronger and stronger over the years Later that year in 1950 he joined the Antwerp Academy and at 17 became the youngest pupil to be admitted to the National Higher Institute for Fine Arts where he excelled and honed his skills Willem with Anna In 1954 Willem joined the army in the 29th Engineering Corps and for two years moved bags of cement around but his true calling always remained and it wasn t too long before he found the success which would enable him to fund his extraordinary passion for collecting and more importantly would allow him to share his talent with the entire world The Dolphyn Family on the Beach 16 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 17

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Peacock Perfection Oil on Canvas 18 30 x 40 80 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 19

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Peacock Perfection Oil on Canvas 18 30 x 40 80 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 19

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20 Pink Lady Apples and a Dutch Roemer Glass The First Pick Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 21

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20 Pink Lady Apples and a Dutch Roemer Glass The First Pick Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 21

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22 Cherry Reflections Summer s Bounty Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 23

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22 Cherry Reflections Summer s Bounty Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 23

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24 Marine Delicacy A Shell and a Pearl Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 8 x 12 21 x 30 cms 80 paintings for 80 years 25

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24 Marine Delicacy A Shell and a Pearl Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 8 x 12 21 x 30 cms 80 paintings for 80 years 25

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A Pair of Strawberries The Roman Glass Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 3 5 x 3 5 9 x 9 cms 4 x 6 10 x 15 cms Strawberry Harvest Oil on Panel 26 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 27

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A Pair of Strawberries The Roman Glass Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 3 5 x 3 5 9 x 9 cms 4 x 6 10 x 15 cms Strawberry Harvest Oil on Panel 26 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 27

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Studio and Painting The Early Years In 1957 Willem held one of his first shows when he exhibited a collection of miniatures at Nijenrode Castle in the Netherlands It was a great success and heralded the start of good things to come However Willem would have to wait a few years for his first major breakthrough and in the interim around 1964 he began teaching figure drawing and still life painting at the Mol Academy He also opened De Kroeg a simple pub on the Conscienceplein which he ran for 5 years and supplemented his income by turning his hand to book and cartoon illustration during this time It was 1968 which became the pivotal year for Willem with his first show at the Gebo Gallery It was very well received Forty two landscapes and still life paintings were sold and commissions flooded in which enabled him to give up his job at the Academy in Mol He went on to design stamps for the Belgian post office in 1973 and to contribute to the 1974 group exhibition by the New Antwerp Realists 28 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 29

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Studio and Painting The Early Years In 1957 Willem held one of his first shows when he exhibited a collection of miniatures at Nijenrode Castle in the Netherlands It was a great success and heralded the start of good things to come However Willem would have to wait a few years for his first major breakthrough and in the interim around 1964 he began teaching figure drawing and still life painting at the Mol Academy He also opened De Kroeg a simple pub on the Conscienceplein which he ran for 5 years and supplemented his income by turning his hand to book and cartoon illustration during this time It was 1968 which became the pivotal year for Willem with his first show at the Gebo Gallery It was very well received Forty two landscapes and still life paintings were sold and commissions flooded in which enabled him to give up his job at the Academy in Mol He went on to design stamps for the Belgian post office in 1973 and to contribute to the 1974 group exhibition by the New Antwerp Realists 28 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 29

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An Emperor s Banquet Oil on Canvas 30 39 5 x 31 5 100 x 80 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 31

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An Emperor s Banquet Oil on Canvas 30 39 5 x 31 5 100 x 80 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 31

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Juicy Delights Oil on Panel 32 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms A Siegburg Jug and Grapes Miniature Clementines Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 8 x 10 20 x 25 cms 6 x 4 15 x 10 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 33

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Juicy Delights Oil on Panel 32 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms A Siegburg Jug and Grapes Miniature Clementines Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 8 x 10 20 x 25 cms 6 x 4 15 x 10 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 33

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Black Forest Cherries Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Porcelain Perfection Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Summer Strawberries Oil on Panel 34 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 35

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Black Forest Cherries Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Porcelain Perfection Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Summer Strawberries Oil on Panel 34 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 35

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Blue Designs Oil on Panel 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms Summer Plums Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Rustic Figs Oil on Panel 36 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 37

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Blue Designs Oil on Panel 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms Summer Plums Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Rustic Figs Oil on Panel 36 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 37

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38 Onions from the Kitchen Garden First Harvest Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 39

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38 Onions from the Kitchen Garden First Harvest Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 39

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Home and Family Life Willem is a traditional family man Brought up in a loving environment his parents Victor and Anna installed a strong sense of hard work in the young Willem whilst letting him remain the free spirit that he still is today Willem said of his father he is in his life and certainly in his work my daily example In the early 1960 s Willem met a lady called Yvonne de Rudder He was taken by her love of life and sense of humour and they married on 6th May 1961 Early married life saw them renovating houses for a while and they made ends meet with Willem s paintings Then on 21st December 1963 Yvonne gave birth to their son Walter Willem and Denise on their travels Many happy years ensued as Walter grew up and worked alongside his father painting eventually in the same studio together After his amicable divorce from Yvonne Willem met Denise Hermann in the early eighties and she has become his constant companion playing a valuable part in all aspects of his life Willem s 80th Birthday Party Antwerp Willem with Anna The Tango with Ellen In 1979 Willem bought a small townhouse in Antwerp which he has expanded now into the neighbouring properties Willem has created a beautiful home here which gives the feel of walking into a museum Willem and Victor New Years Eve 1990 1992 saw highs and lows with both the wedding of his son to Inge at the start of the year and the death of his father in the summer These two events would shape the subsequent years with a new Dolphyn family just beginning Willem s first grand daughter Ellen was born on 1 August 1994 and Margot followed on 5 March 1998 The early noughties saw the death of his beloved mother Anna and in 2004 Walter and his family moved to France This move allowed his grandchildren to grow up close to the summer house of his father Victor and ensured happy Dolphyn holidays in the sun Walter Willem and Ellen Willem and Walter Earlier this year in May several of us from the gallery were excited to visit Antwerp for Willem s 80th birthday celebrations It was a superb affair with over 200 people in attendance an impressive tribute to a great man Willem with Ellen and Margot Willem and Yvonne on their wedding day 40 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 41

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Home and Family Life Willem is a traditional family man Brought up in a loving environment his parents Victor and Anna installed a strong sense of hard work in the young Willem whilst letting him remain the free spirit that he still is today Willem said of his father he is in his life and certainly in his work my daily example In the early 1960 s Willem met a lady called Yvonne de Rudder He was taken by her love of life and sense of humour and they married on 6th May 1961 Early married life saw them renovating houses for a while and they made ends meet with Willem s paintings Then on 21st December 1963 Yvonne gave birth to their son Walter Willem and Denise on their travels Many happy years ensued as Walter grew up and worked alongside his father painting eventually in the same studio together After his amicable divorce from Yvonne Willem met Denise Hermann in the early eighties and she has become his constant companion playing a valuable part in all aspects of his life Willem s 80th Birthday Party Antwerp Willem with Anna The Tango with Ellen In 1979 Willem bought a small townhouse in Antwerp which he has expanded now into the neighbouring properties Willem has created a beautiful home here which gives the feel of walking into a museum Willem and Victor New Years Eve 1990 1992 saw highs and lows with both the wedding of his son to Inge at the start of the year and the death of his father in the summer These two events would shape the subsequent years with a new Dolphyn family just beginning Willem s first grand daughter Ellen was born on 1 August 1994 and Margot followed on 5 March 1998 The early noughties saw the death of his beloved mother Anna and in 2004 Walter and his family moved to France This move allowed his grandchildren to grow up close to the summer house of his father Victor and ensured happy Dolphyn holidays in the sun Walter Willem and Ellen Willem and Walter Earlier this year in May several of us from the gallery were excited to visit Antwerp for Willem s 80th birthday celebrations It was a superb affair with over 200 people in attendance an impressive tribute to a great man Willem with Ellen and Margot Willem and Yvonne on their wedding day 40 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 41

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Middle Eastern Delights Oil on Canvas 42 28 x 40 70 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 43

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Middle Eastern Delights Oil on Canvas 42 28 x 40 70 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 43

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44 Family Trompe L oeil The Artist s Collection Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 16 x 12 40 x 30 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 45

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44 Family Trompe L oeil The Artist s Collection Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 16 x 12 40 x 30 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 45

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Silver Reflections Oil on Panel 46 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms Fresh from the Vine Royal Delights Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 47

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Silver Reflections Oil on Panel 46 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms Fresh from the Vine Royal Delights Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 47

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48 A Taste of Spain Rustic Pleasure Autumn Quinces Oil on Panel Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 49

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48 A Taste of Spain Rustic Pleasure Autumn Quinces Oil on Panel Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 49

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The Study Oil on Panel 50 Regal Figs 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 51

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The Study Oil on Panel 50 Regal Figs 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 51

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Travelling and adventures Sailing on the Integrity When Willem was 15 he went by boat to visit Turkey It was his first experience of the Eastern way of life and it made a deep impression on him During the trip he made a series of miniatures recording the events of the journey A profound interest in the Orient was formed on this adventure and this has grown into one of his life s major passions It was soon after his return at the age of 16 in 1951 that Willem bought his first Samurai sword This was the start of a collection which now contains 95 swords and 20 suits of armour Borneo 1986 An American road trip Willem in Japan In 1982 he co founded the To Ken club in Belgium which is a society of Japanese arms and armour collectors and he remains an active member today Throughout Willem s life he has undertaken many excursions visiting the countries of the Middle and Far East Thailand Nepal Tibet Indonesia Hong Kong Singapore Japan and North and South America and a childhood dream was fulfilled when he visited the Dayaks in Borneo On an Arctic Expedition The Eastern way of life the atmosphere the calm and sobriety that he found there Willem bought back to his studio and to his house in Antwerp which accommodates his impressive collection of armour swords carvings stone and bronze hatchets Willem also enjoys sailing and visiting his house in France near Walter his son Willems Collection of Armour Backpacking in Borneo Flying a Boeing Stearman 1998 52 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 53

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Travelling and adventures Sailing on the Integrity When Willem was 15 he went by boat to visit Turkey It was his first experience of the Eastern way of life and it made a deep impression on him During the trip he made a series of miniatures recording the events of the journey A profound interest in the Orient was formed on this adventure and this has grown into one of his life s major passions It was soon after his return at the age of 16 in 1951 that Willem bought his first Samurai sword This was the start of a collection which now contains 95 swords and 20 suits of armour Borneo 1986 An American road trip Willem in Japan In 1982 he co founded the To Ken club in Belgium which is a society of Japanese arms and armour collectors and he remains an active member today Throughout Willem s life he has undertaken many excursions visiting the countries of the Middle and Far East Thailand Nepal Tibet Indonesia Hong Kong Singapore Japan and North and South America and a childhood dream was fulfilled when he visited the Dayaks in Borneo On an Arctic Expedition The Eastern way of life the atmosphere the calm and sobriety that he found there Willem bought back to his studio and to his house in Antwerp which accommodates his impressive collection of armour swords carvings stone and bronze hatchets Willem also enjoys sailing and visiting his house in France near Walter his son Willems Collection of Armour Backpacking in Borneo Flying a Boeing Stearman 1998 52 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 53

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The Decadent Spread Oil on Canvas 54 32 x 40 80 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 55

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The Decadent Spread Oil on Canvas 54 32 x 40 80 x 100 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 55

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56 An Autumn Harvest Flemish Hazelnuts Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 57

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56 An Autumn Harvest Flemish Hazelnuts Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 57

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58 Silver Grapes Oriental Peaches Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 59

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58 Silver Grapes Oriental Peaches Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 59

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60 Dessert Plums Golden Greengages Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 61

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60 Dessert Plums Golden Greengages Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 61

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62 Pears and a White Delft Jug A Succulent Crop Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 63

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62 Pears and a White Delft Jug A Succulent Crop Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 28 x 24 70 x 60 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 63

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London and the Gallery Meeting Monique Verschuren in the early eighties was an important moment in Willem s career Inspired by his paintings Monique initially organised an exhibition of his work in her hometown of Zierikzee in the Netherlands in 1983 quickly following this up with an exhibition at Hotel des Indes in The Hague in 1984 These shows were enthusiastically received and were both sold out exhibitions Willem s international reputation was secured and Monique then took him to London to meet Bill Patterson In 1985 Bill held his first show in Mayfair at W H Patterson Sell out shows were a regular feature as Patterson s clients embraced Willem s supreme talent and enhanced their collections No 5 Beauchamp Place Willem and Walter with Patricia Patterson in November 2014 A visit to the new gallery For Willem the nineties and noughties saw the majority of his exhibitions in the British capital at Pattersons Every other year the Dolphyn Exhibition was widely anticipated This he alternated with exhibitions in the Sporting d hiver in the Monaco Fine Art gallery The Dolphyn s also held family exhibitions Willem showing alongside his father Victor Victor s brother Denis and Willem s son Walter These group shows brought together the broad range of painting talents and genres from each family member In Elzenveld in 1990 Willem Victor and Denis exhibited as 3 Dolphyn s and in 2010 at Koksijde Walter exhibited alongside his father and grandfather The death of Bill Patterson in 2002 and the later sale of the gallery by Patricia to the Fuller family from Gladwell and Company saw transition and renewed fortunes Willem stayed loyal to the gallery through this time of change exhibiting his solid bond and unerring sense of duty He was rewarded in 2010 with his Silver Jubilee exhibition a major milestone for any artist and gallery partnership International shows continued to span the globe in cherished cities like Kobe and Osaka Japan as well as new centres for art like the Middle East and Dubai W H Patterson regularly took Willem s work to art fairs across America and the Far East the Salmagundi club in New York and Fine Art Asia in Hong Kong being highlights We are excited about hosting this 30th anniversary exhibition for Willem in his 80th year It really is quite a show An early visit to London 64 Marie Claire and Glenn with Willem at his 80th Birthday Party The first show at W H Patterson WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 65

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London and the Gallery Meeting Monique Verschuren in the early eighties was an important moment in Willem s career Inspired by his paintings Monique initially organised an exhibition of his work in her hometown of Zierikzee in the Netherlands in 1983 quickly following this up with an exhibition at Hotel des Indes in The Hague in 1984 These shows were enthusiastically received and were both sold out exhibitions Willem s international reputation was secured and Monique then took him to London to meet Bill Patterson In 1985 Bill held his first show in Mayfair at W H Patterson Sell out shows were a regular feature as Patterson s clients embraced Willem s supreme talent and enhanced their collections No 5 Beauchamp Place Willem and Walter with Patricia Patterson in November 2014 A visit to the new gallery For Willem the nineties and noughties saw the majority of his exhibitions in the British capital at Pattersons Every other year the Dolphyn Exhibition was widely anticipated This he alternated with exhibitions in the Sporting d hiver in the Monaco Fine Art gallery The Dolphyn s also held family exhibitions Willem showing alongside his father Victor Victor s brother Denis and Willem s son Walter These group shows brought together the broad range of painting talents and genres from each family member In Elzenveld in 1990 Willem Victor and Denis exhibited as 3 Dolphyn s and in 2010 at Koksijde Walter exhibited alongside his father and grandfather The death of Bill Patterson in 2002 and the later sale of the gallery by Patricia to the Fuller family from Gladwell and Company saw transition and renewed fortunes Willem stayed loyal to the gallery through this time of change exhibiting his solid bond and unerring sense of duty He was rewarded in 2010 with his Silver Jubilee exhibition a major milestone for any artist and gallery partnership International shows continued to span the globe in cherished cities like Kobe and Osaka Japan as well as new centres for art like the Middle East and Dubai W H Patterson regularly took Willem s work to art fairs across America and the Far East the Salmagundi club in New York and Fine Art Asia in Hong Kong being highlights We are excited about hosting this 30th anniversary exhibition for Willem in his 80th year It really is quite a show An early visit to London 64 Marie Claire and Glenn with Willem at his 80th Birthday Party The first show at W H Patterson WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 65

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Dutch Clementines Oil on Panel 66 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 67

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Dutch Clementines Oil on Panel 66 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 67

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Blueberry Pickings Oil on Panel 8 x 12 20 x 30 cms Blueberry Delight Oil on Panel 6 x 8 15 x 20 cms A Basket of Grapes Oil on Panel 68 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 69

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Blueberry Pickings Oil on Panel 8 x 12 20 x 30 cms Blueberry Delight Oil on Panel 6 x 8 15 x 20 cms A Basket of Grapes Oil on Panel 68 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 69

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Kir Plums Oil on Panel 70 Limoges Blueberries 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 71

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Kir Plums Oil on Panel 70 Limoges Blueberries 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 71

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A Wonderful Glaze Oil on Panel 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms Lemon Reflection Oil on Panel 72 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 73

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A Wonderful Glaze Oil on Panel 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms Lemon Reflection Oil on Panel 72 16 x 20 40 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 73

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74 The Line Up A Basket of Plums Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 10 x 24 25 x 60 cms 10 x 24 25 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 75

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74 The Line Up A Basket of Plums Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 10 x 24 25 x 60 cms 10 x 24 25 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 75

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Studio and Painting The Present For Willem the most important thing in life is his painting He has been working in his studio off Venustraat since 1963 For over 50 years he has from that one spot created around 2 500 paintings A monumental achievement for one man The rooms are crowded with historic furniture the shelves are loaded with treasures fabrics glassware and ceramics which span the centuries gleaming and glinting in the Northern light each piece collected with pride and all contributing to his incredible compositions The ideas for these compositions come to Willem during the night Even in his dreams he works seeing Roman glass Delft tiles Flemish tapestry fine fruits and expensive china drawn from across the continent and coming all together in his mind Willem often undertakes commissions for friends family and his collectors Portraits cherished places or his exceptional still lifes created with that personal touch to strike an enduring chord Recent favourites have included the design of a bottle label for Anvers wine and four monumental pieces which were completed a couple of years ago specifically designed for an esteemed clients drawing room in Jersey Over recent years the City of Antwerp have threatened Willem s cherished studio with re development Willem has stoically worked on continuing his commitment to his beloved space 76 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 77

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Studio and Painting The Present For Willem the most important thing in life is his painting He has been working in his studio off Venustraat since 1963 For over 50 years he has from that one spot created around 2 500 paintings A monumental achievement for one man The rooms are crowded with historic furniture the shelves are loaded with treasures fabrics glassware and ceramics which span the centuries gleaming and glinting in the Northern light each piece collected with pride and all contributing to his incredible compositions The ideas for these compositions come to Willem during the night Even in his dreams he works seeing Roman glass Delft tiles Flemish tapestry fine fruits and expensive china drawn from across the continent and coming all together in his mind Willem often undertakes commissions for friends family and his collectors Portraits cherished places or his exceptional still lifes created with that personal touch to strike an enduring chord Recent favourites have included the design of a bottle label for Anvers wine and four monumental pieces which were completed a couple of years ago specifically designed for an esteemed clients drawing room in Jersey Over recent years the City of Antwerp have threatened Willem s cherished studio with re development Willem has stoically worked on continuing his commitment to his beloved space 76 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 77

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Hand Tied Oil on Panel 78 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 79

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80 Sumptuous Treats Ripe from the Vine Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 12 40 x 30 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 81

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80 Sumptuous Treats Ripe from the Vine Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 12 40 x 30 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 81

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82 Ripe and Ready The Intruder Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 83

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82 Ripe and Ready The Intruder Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 83

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Gooseberries Oil on Panel 4 x 6 10 x 15 cms 4 x 6 10 x 15 cms Hazlenuts Oil on Panel Old Master Treasures Oil on Panel 84 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 85

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Gooseberries Oil on Panel 4 x 6 10 x 15 cms 4 x 6 10 x 15 cms Hazlenuts Oil on Panel Old Master Treasures Oil on Panel 84 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 85

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Redcurrants and an 18th Century Silver Chalise Oil on Panel 86 12 x 16 30 x 40 Summer Redcurrants Blue and Red Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 87

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Redcurrants and an 18th Century Silver Chalise Oil on Panel 86 12 x 16 30 x 40 Summer Redcurrants Blue and Red Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 16 x 20 40 x 50 WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 87

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Willem s Antwerp Masterpiece In 2008 Willem started a mammoth task that was a childhood dream of his which was to do a major painting of the skyline of Antwerp A year and four months later this incredible undertaking was completed and a beautifully executed painting measuring 1 8m high by 5m wide was presented to the World Featuring Antwerp from the left bank of the Schelde river it is only the fourth painting of this size and magnitude that has been painted since the 16th century Initially the painting was on display at the prestigious KBS bank building and more recently it has found a home in the magnificent entranceway to the Price Waterhouse Coopers building in Antwerp Skyline of Antwerp Oil on Canvas 88 It is truly a masterpiece and a crowning achievement 70 x 197 180 x 500 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 89

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Willem s Antwerp Masterpiece In 2008 Willem started a mammoth task that was a childhood dream of his which was to do a major painting of the skyline of Antwerp A year and four months later this incredible undertaking was completed and a beautifully executed painting measuring 1 8m high by 5m wide was presented to the World Featuring Antwerp from the left bank of the Schelde river it is only the fourth painting of this size and magnitude that has been painted since the 16th century Initially the painting was on display at the prestigious KBS bank building and more recently it has found a home in the magnificent entranceway to the Price Waterhouse Coopers building in Antwerp Skyline of Antwerp Oil on Canvas 88 It is truly a masterpiece and a crowning achievement 70 x 197 180 x 500 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 89

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Ode to Bacchus Oil on Panel 90 32 x 24 80 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 91

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Ode to Bacchus Oil on Panel 90 32 x 24 80 x 60 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 91

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92 Sweet Strawberries Dark Treasures Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 93

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92 Sweet Strawberries Dark Treasures Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 12 x 16 30 x 40 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 93

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94 Subtle Shades of Green A Refreshing Platter Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 95

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94 Subtle Shades of Green A Refreshing Platter Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms 24 x 20 60 x 50 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 95

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96 Tangerines with a Continental Jug Burgundian Plums Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 97

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96 Tangerines with a Continental Jug Burgundian Plums Oil on Panel Oil on Panel 20 x 24 50 x 60 cms 20 x 16 50 x 40 cms WILLEM DOLPHYN 80 paintings for 80 years 97

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