I paint in both abstract or representational format and do not adhere to one single form of rendering, Each new subject will suggest the manner in which to work. I like to translate and perceive the mystical and the real. I am rooted in landscapes but enjoy doing portrait or still life.
Having taught art for 30 years, sharing the realm of my profession with others has given me many treasured gifts and support from patrons. Painting is a silent way of expressing myself. Key words in my vocabulary therefore are; Silence, Space, Passion, Timelessness - and my canvas is my Oasis.
Henry Vyfvinkel, (now retired) was a full-time Teaching Master of Fine Arts at St. Lawrence College from 1972 - 1994 at the Brockville campus. Henry was born in the Netherlands and received the first basics in visual perception and painting skills there.
In 1956 Henry came to Canada, working first as a sign-writer which was the beginning of his art career.
In 1965 held the position of staff artist for DuPont of Canada, Maitland Works.
In 1972 taught part-time commercial art classes at St.Lawrence College, Brockville.
In 1973 became full-time instructor of the Fine Arts programe. Completed his own Fine Art Certification Teacher of Adult.
From 1973 - 1993 held the position of Teaching MAster and Co-ordinator Creative Arts.
The College awarded him a sabbatical to compete for peer recognition, which resulted in recognized success.
In 1994 Henry chose early retirement, since then a free-lance artist.
Credited for being the originator of the now well-known Summer School of the Arts and in 2005 was nominated by St. Lawrence College for the Premier's Award for graduates of Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.
2012 As You Like It - 5th Annual Alumni Show, Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville, Ontario
2011 Water Works c.s.p.w.c. - Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville, Ontario
2011 Spirit of the Land - 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, MVS Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Brockville Ontario
2010 Travelling Memories - 3rd Annual Alumni Show, Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville, Ontario
2008 Along The River's Edge - Annual Art Show and Sale, 1000 Islands Art Center, Clayton New York
2007 Open Water C.S.P.W.C. (Joy Orzy Award) for "The Shadows Have It"
2007 Remington Museum - International Art Show, Odgensburg New York
2006 Along The River's Edge, Annual Art Show and Sale, 1000 Islands Art Center, Clayton New York
2004 Along The River's Edge, Annual Art Show and Sale, 1000 Islands Art Center, Clayton New York
2002 Big Brothers/Big Sisters -1st Annual fine Art Gala, Ottawa Ontario
1997 Diploma Collection - The Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton
1995 70th Anniversary Show C.S.P.W.C. - Roberts Gallery
1994 National Capitol Fine Arts Festival
Credits and Awards
2012 The Arctic Moves - Best in Show, 5th Annual Alumni Show MVS Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Brockville Ontario
2011 Juried the Annual Alumni Exhibition, MVS Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Brockville Ontario
2010 Travel Memories - People's Choice Award - 3rd Annual Alumni Show, MVS Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Brockville Ontario
2009 Awarded Life Membership C.S.P.W.C. (Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour)
2007 The Shadows Have It - Joy Orzy Award - Open Water C.S.P.W.C.
2005 Nominated by his College for the Premier's Award recognizing Excellence of Ontario college graduates
2004 People's Choice Award, Along The River's Edge, 1000 Islands Art Center, Clayton New York
2004 Bones of the Mother Award
2003 Jurors Award O.W.S. Founders Award O.W.S. Limitless Potential travelling Exhibition C.S.P.W.C. 80th Anniversary
1994 Award for Excellence in Fine Arts, National Capitol Fine Arts Festival
1994 Curry's Art Award Open Water John B, Aird Gallery
St. Lawrence College honoured me with the first one-man show when it opened their state-of-the-art gallery, the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery, Brockville