William A. Suys, Jr. B. 1955
Bill Suys is a master painter whose work is included in national and international collections. His paintings and commissioned portraits have been selected to hang in national and international exhibitions, including The Oil Painters of America, the Art Renewal Center Salon, the Salon International at the International Museum of Masters of Contemporary Fine Art, and the Portrait Society of America.
Following 20 years in corporate life, Suys turned to painting full-time in 1995. He has traveled the world to select art for a private corporate collection. Bill holds degrees in Business and Art, and has taught classes and workshops in a variety of venues.
I believe a successful piece of art – whether subjective or abstract, painting or sculpture – takes on a life and spirit of its own. Beyond simply viewing the work, you become personally involved in it. The most successful work can be measured by its ability to compel the viewer into its environment and to touch emotions in a unique and timeless way, with the best work staying fresh and compelling forever.
The blank canvas gives me absolute freedom to create. I have the same opportunity afforded past artists from Leonardo to Sargent. My joy as an artist comes from taking maximum advantage of this oportunity by creating work that possesses its own artistic heart and soul; a presence that emanates from the painting. This challenge leaves me feeling both humbled and exhilarated.
I am committed to artistic excellence, lifelong improvement, and a body of work that will stand the test of time.
BS — Business Management/Art
Graduate classes in Finance
Also received extensive business, communication, and interpersonal training through dozens of internal and external corporate seminars and sources during 20 years of corporate life. Though I consider my art education to be self-driven, I’ve attended art workshops with numerous luminaries, including Daniel Green, Michael Klein, and Clayton Beck. I also paint regularly with Daniel Gerhartz and other seasoned professionals. I’ve taught classes and workshops in portraiture, figurative and plein air at MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design), Peninsula School of Art, The Jack Richeson School of Art, and The Wustum Museum. I have also curated an international collection of art, working with directors and curators of major museums, galleries, and individual artists.
A Partial List of Awards, Articles
2015 - Olmstead Plein Air Invitational
2015 - Door County Plein Air Invitational
2014 - Winner, BoldBrush Award, BoldBrush Painting Competition
2014 - Juror of Awards, Richeson75 Portrait/Figurative Exhibition
2014 - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
2014 - Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition
2014 - Door County Plein Air Invitational
2014 - American Miniatures Invitational
2014 - Masters in Miniature Invitational
2014 - Small Works invitation - Howard/Mandville Gallery
2014 - The Informed Collector, December 3, “Informed Collector Recommends: William Suys”
2014 - Fine Art Studio Online FASO Featured Artist, June http://faso.com/fineartviews/77750/faso-featured-artists-artist-william-suys
2014 - American Art Collector, “Urban Development,” February
2014 - American Art Collector, “Emotional Response,” May (pdf available)
2014 - Fine Art Connoisseur, “Today’s Masters,” February
2014 - Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, “Tackling Big Ideas Together,” and “Off the Walls: Artists and
2013 - Double finalist, Art Renewal Center International Salon
2013 - Best in show, Salon International 2013 at the International Museum of Masters of Contemporary Art
2013 – Editor’s Choice Award, Salon International 2013 at the International Museum of Masters of Contemporary Art
2013 - Southwest Art Magazine
2013 - Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show
2013 - Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, "Today's Masters" March/April
2013 - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
2013 - Awarded "Signature Status" by the Oil Painters of America
2013 - First Place, Jack Richeson National Animals, Birds & Wildlife Exhibition
2013 - Second place, Randy Higbee Gallery's Annual 6" Square Show
2013 - Two works accepted into the American Miniature Invitational show
2013 - Masters in Miniature Invitational
2013 - Small Works invitation - Howard/Mandville Gallery
2012 - Oil Painters of America National Exhibition -"The Benevolent Master"
2012 - Finalist, 2011/2012 Art Renewal Center International Salon
2012 - Southwest Art Magazine
2012 - Selected to create a portrait of Eric Rhoads, Publisher, for Fine Art Connoisseur Mag.
2012 - Arti et Amicitiae Exhibition, Amsterdam. In conjunction with the Salmagundi Club, NY
2012 - Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibition
2012 - Richeson Int’l Birds & Wildlife-Triple Finalist
2012 - Western Visions Exhibition - Manitou Gallery
2012 - American Miniatures invitation - Settler’s West Gallery
2012 - Masters in Miniature Invitational
2012 - Small Works invitation - Howard/Mandville Gallery
2012 - Selected for 2012 Western Masters Art Show & Sale
2012 - Selected to World Class Painters of Today - Galerie Pierre, France
2012 - Higbee Gallery 6 x 6 Exhibition - Award Winner
2011 - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
2011 - Scottsdale Salon at Legacy Gallery
2011 - Richeson International Figure/Portrait competition - Dual Finalist.
2011 - Higbee Gallery 6 x 6 Exhibition - Award Winner
2011 - Small Works invitation - Howard/Mandville Gallery
2011 - Door County Plein Air Festival - invited artist
2010 - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition
2010 - Higbee Gallery 6 x 6 Exhibition - Award Winner
2010 - “Best in Show - Quick Paint”, & “People’s Choice” award for a separate piece, Cedarburg Plein Air.
2010 - Door County Plein Air Festival - invited artist
2010 - Featured Artist, Edgewood Orchard Gallery
2010 - President’s appointment to Salmagundi Club, NY
Prior to 2009 - Honorary Artist’s Chair, Open Canvas Event MIAD
Prior to 2009 - Various plein air awards, including Best in Show
Prior to 2009 - Milwaukee Art Museum, featured artist for ‘Degas Sculpture Show’ opening weekend, Milwaukee, WI
Prior to 2009 - Portrait Society of America - Certificates of Excellence
Prior to 2009 - Various one-man and group shows.