JACK VANDER WAL
#4, AUGUST 1988
oil on canvas
signed, dated; signed, titled, dated on reverse
56 ins x 46 ins; 142.2 cms x 116.8 cms
Jack Vander Wal was born in 1924 in Leewarden, Holland. Growing up in a strict business environment, he took an early interest in painting in his youth as a means of creative release. As there was very little opportunity to make a living in Holland after World War II, Vander Wal immigrated to Canada in 1952, supporting his family as a farm worker in Alberta. He was, however, haunted by the destruction and devastation of the war, and painted for solace in his spare time.
Vander Wal had his first exhibition in 1964 and has since exhibited across Canada, in the United States and France. His paintings are found in public and corporate collections across Canada. In 1974, Vander Wal moved to the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, where he has painted prolifically ever since.