About the Artist:
Al Van Mil learned traditional oil painting technique from his father, an art teacher from the Netherlands. Al subsequently studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Guelph. Experimentation during this academic period opened many doors to his ever-evolving artistic style. His paintings first became popular in the Canadian art scene during the 1970's. In 1980, he co-founded a commercial art company that grew to be named one of the top three architectural model makers in the world by New York magazine in 1986. Selling his subsequent architectural companies in 1990, he again began painting full-time. His artwork has been exhibited in the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, as well as in many privately owned galleries. In 1998 he began painting on stage, in many live theaters across Toronto, as a member of Collaborations with artists from the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada among others. Consequently he designed the sets for two Canadian opera productions: Die Fledermaus in 2009, and La Boheme in 2010. A large variety of galleries presently exhibit Al's paintings in Ontario, Quebec, New York, and London, England.
About His Art:
A tends to be interested in the arts, but his involvement has remained experiential. The common elements of his seemingly varied portfolio are really the story of his personal experiences, in the long term. For Instance, he finds himself becoming interested in some new aspect of art, so he gets involved, perhaps creating a series of interpretations. Then his work begins moving toward another emerging interest. You can also visit his personal website:
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