Obituary: Willem Adriaan Blom (Wim Blom)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest friend Wim Blom (Willem Adriaan Blom). Wim passed peacefully on the 18th of January 2021 at the age of 93.

His work is represented in public collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada and the South African National Gallery, in numerous corporate collections and in private collections in Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the U.S.A. In Duvah Park, Witbank, South Africa, a street was named in honor of Wim. (Wim Blom straat)


B.A. Hons., M.A., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; University of Perugia, Italy; Studied painting, Florence, Italy; Studied graphic techniques, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Canada; Studied lithography, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; Instructor, Johannesburg Art School, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Research curator, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and Editor of the Bulletin of the National Gallery of Canada; Curatorial Administrator, National Gallery of Canada.


Author of a variety of exhibition catalogues, articles and historical studies in painting.


1957 Dante Alighieri Gold Medal, Fine Arts Society of Florence, Italy
1979 Medalla de honor, XVII Salón de Primavera, Atenéo de Mahón, Spain
1982 Primo Premio, Certámen Internacional de Pintura, Mahón, Spain
1998 Fellowship, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Republic of Ireland


Prima mostra di artisti stranieri residenti in Firenze, Florence, Italy
Prima mostra internacionale di pittura, Vallombrosa, Italy
Canadian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Six Canadian Painters, Picture Loan Gallery, Toronto
Art 4’73, International Art Fair, Basel
Summer exhibition, Galerie Schulze-Theiler, Münster
Art 5’74, International Art Fair, Basel
The Perth Prize for Drawing International, Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth
1982 Certámen Internacional de Pintura, Mahón, Menorca
Albemarle Gallery, London, UK
Nancy Poole’s Studio, Toronto
Vortex Gallery, Salt Spring Island
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver

We would like to thank the wonderful Doctors and all the Staff at The Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island for their support, care and attention.

Our Wim will be missed terribly.

Durk and Michelle H. Hoekstra,

Victoria, BC

The Grappow children Kirsten, Jobst, Okkert, Durten, Wiebke, Metta and Frauke.
South Africa

*Donations in Wim Blom's name to: The Lady Minto Hospital - will be graciously accepted.

Visit to learn more about Wim's work.

January 21, 2021 6:31 PM

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