John VIljoen - Photo by Tim Leyes

Photo by Tim Leyes

Why, in the age of photography, film and digital images, would you still commission a painted portrait?

Nothing can conjure up the physical presence of flesh and blood the way paint can; no other medium allows the observing artist to sum up in one image many hours of observation. No other way of portraying people allows the artist in quite the same way to discern from the face, the play of its expressions, and from gestures, the truth about a particular person.

Working closely with the subject, John Viljoen specializes in helping organizations and families honour and preserve the character, inner life, and likeness of their leaders and loved ones with his handcrafted portraits in oil.

In conjunction with his portraits, he is also an accomplished illustrator, featured in theĀ 2006 Communication Arts Illustration Annual. Using tradional media and his trademark contemporary realistic approach, Viljoen is happy to meet all of your illustration needs!

Residing in Toronto, Canada, Viljoen is a classically trained oil painter (New York – B.F.A. in Fine Arts at The Parsons School of Design, then privately with Michael Aviano – and in France with Ted Seth Jacobs) who creates contemporary works with a timeless quality. His paintings are subtle, reflective and meditative, and exemplify technical command and quality. He is a two-time finalist in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Portrait Competition. Though his work hangs in many prominent collections throughout Canada and the US, he is less concerned with recording social standing or rank, more concerned with intuiting the individual, idiosyncratic person before him.

Interested parties are urged to contact him promptly insofar as there are a limited number of works available each year and collector interest runs high. Feel free to contact him at any time with any questions you may have or to arrange a visit to his studio.

Thank you for considering John Viljoen as your artist of choice!

John Viljoen