Artist William Suys

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Raised by deaf parents, Bill Suys and his two sisters grew up in an environment tuned-in to visual cues. Bill drew constantly as a kid, covering all paper surfaces and grade school test margins with airplanes and helicopters. He once escaped an expected knuckle-rapping when the nun instead tapped his ‘art’-covered notebook and whispered, “Keep that up!” He has.Though painting nights and weekends as long as he can remember and taking his classical art education into his own hands after college (Suys wishes he’d known about the atelier system when he was attending the University of Minnesota; art majors in those days received scant classical training) Suys did temporarily veer away from formal art employment by leaving the SCJohnson Wax art department – his first job after college and a coup at the time he was hired – by finishing a second degree in business management and transitioning to ‘Corporate’. Bill admits to wearing wingtips for a number of years and credits ‘JWax’ and its relentless quest for excellence with teaching him the importance of quality and the value of providing an outstanding product. He will always treasure his time there, and its lasting influence.In 1995, Bill left corporate life to become a full time painter but almost immediately found himself a single parent to his three children, giving him a priceless role but delaying his earnest career-building until the kids had ‘fledged’. The last 10 years have seen Suys’s work become visible in one-man gallery shows, national and international competitions, exhibitions and invitationals, including the last four OPA National Exhibitions. In 2013, Suys received Signature Status from the Oil Painters of America and won Best In Show at the Salon International 2013 at the International Museum of Masters of Contemporary Fine Art.A lover of diverse subject matter, Suys continues to distill [...]

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