The art of Theo Willemse gives free rein to his audience’s imagination. His serene, organic sculptures and paintings invite contemplation of dramas in abstract stylized anatomy – human, tree and animal. His artwork and design attain a high degree of finish utilizing an array of materials to express his narrations in layered monochromatic forms.
Born in Amsterdam, Holland, Theo currently resides in Toronto.
Education1969–71 Central Technical Secondary School, Toronto, Fine Arts program. Sculpture Master: Wyndham Lawrence.
Experience1971–72 Apprentice to William McElcheran, Toronto sculptor 1978 Lost wax bronze casting at Artcast Fine Art Casting, Georgetown, ON 1979–80 Technical Assistant to Leslie Moore, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Development and construction of Museum of Indian Archaeology, permanent exhibition gallery1984–85 Instructor in sculpture, Koffler Centre, North York, ON
Solo Exhibitions1977 Gallery House Sol, Georgetown, ON1981 Merton Gallery, Toronto, ON1982 Gallery House Sol, in conjunction with George Hawkin1987 Koffler Gallery, North York, ON1989 391 Berkley Street, Toronto, ON1990 20 Maud Studio Exhibition, Toronto, ON1991 Willemse/Kearns Exhibition, with Gertrude Kearns, Toronto, ON2005 Gallery Contempra, Toronto, ON2011 Spazio Dell’Arte Gallery, Toronto, ON
Group Exhibitions1971 Gallery House Sol, Georgetown, ON1972 Oakville Public Library, Oakville, ON1979 Merton Gallery, Toronto, ON1983 Bau Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON1984 Bau Xi Gallery, Toronto, ON1992 Canadian Centre of Art and Design, Toronto, ON1993 Genereux Grunwald Gallery, Toronto, ON 2004 Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON2005 Contor Gallery, Toronto, ON
CollectionsGoodman and Goodman, Toronto, ONCoutts, Crane, and Ingram, Toronto, ONCity Core Developments Ltd., Toronto, ONRuss Pet Investments Ltd., Toronto, ONFarano, Green, and Branf, Toronto, ONKearns and Mancini, Architects, Toronto, ONThe Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto, ON
CommissionsBocca Restaurant, Toronto, OntarioKearns and Mancini, Architects, Toronto, ONCara Operations for In Flight Food Services, USASculptural National Ballet Company Yearbook ‘92/93Sculpture Alexander Wilson Memorial Garden, Toronto, ON
Exhibitions in Commercial VenuesBocca, Toronto, ONLipton’s, Toronto, ONParrot Express, Toronto, ONNorman Rogul Furs, TorontoCibo, TorontoHauer, Inc., TorontoIra Berg, TorontoJuin, TorontoThe Design Yard, Dublin, IrelandChapters The Mantle Series TorontoArt used on film set – Caveman ValentineArchive Inc., TorontoPeter Pan, Toronto
Private CollectionsSculpture and paintings in Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, London, UK