Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts

Featuring the Work of Bill Suys

Kettle Moraine , Wisconsin    About Bill


Available Artwork: Click Image to Enlarge

About Bill Suys

William A. Suys, Jr. OPA (Born 1955) Brief Biography A painter of diverse subject matter, Bill Suys especially loves bringing life to ‘people and other animals’ and is known for his sensitive treatment of both. Suys’s ready appreciation for the nuanced personalities of individuals – both human and otherwise – has brought him inspiration as well as widespread recognition, and his passion for lifelong learning keeps him devoted to building a body of work that will, in his words, “Stand the test of time.” Bill drew constantly as a kid, covering all paper surfaces and grade school test margins with airplanes and helicopters. He once escaped an expected scolding 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 S.C. Johnson Wax art department – his first job after college and a coup at the time he was hired – by transitioning to 'Corporate' and finishing a second degree in business management, with graduate work in Finance. 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. In 1995, Bill left corporate life to became 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 art career-building until the kids had fledged. In 2008, when his youngest started college, it was Suys’s time to fulfill his destiny as an artist. The last five years have been a period of accelerated growth. In addition to numerous group and one man gallery shows, event invitations and salon show acceptances, Suys’s work was chosen to hang in 7 OPA National Exhibitions between 2010 and 2017 and in 2013 he became an OPA Signature Member. Also in 2013, Suys won “Best in Show” at the Salon International and was a dual finalist in the ARC Salon. In 2014 Suys added the prestigious Trailside Gallery to his roster of galleries. In 2015 Suys received the Judge’s Award from Plein Air magazine editor Steve Doherty at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, again had two paintings chosen as finalists in the ARC Salon, and Suys’s Official State Portrait of former Wisconsin governor Scott McCallum was unveiled. 2016 began with a pair of great awards: The Award of Excellence – Best Sense of Mystery at the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational and the Award of Excellence – Animals at the OPA National Exhibition. Suys was again a finalist in the ARC Salon in 2016, and in addition to judging the First Brush of Spring Plein Air event in New Harmony, Indiana, and the Cedarburg, WI Plein Air Festival, Suys participated in the Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, the Door County Plein Air Invitational, was chosen to participate in the Plein Air Texas Invitational, and had a one-man show At Door County’s Edgewood Orchard Gallery. So far in 2017, Suys has won two awards at the OPA National Exhibition and put together a busy plein air season: In June, Bill will travel to Utah for the Maynard Dixon Campout plein air invitational, then, in July he'll participate in the Door County Plein Air invitational, and in October he'll paint in the En Plein Air Texas invitational. In January 2018 Suys will teach a workshop on animal painting at Scottsdale Artists’ School. Bill Suys takes a ‘no excuses’ approach to both life and career, so he works hard at continual improvement in order to build a body of work that makes grateful use of the gift he was given. A lover of diverse subject matter, Suys continues to distill his vision toward primarily figurative work – human and animal – as well as conceptual realism and the occasional surprise. Suys’s signature “People and Other Animals” tagline applies to his current gallery shows containing interesting humans and animals that often seem human. If Bill goes missing, he might have snuck off to a plein air event or could be out prowling the countryside for animals and architecture he’d like to paint, but most of the time, Bill can be found in his studio, music playing, at the easel. Bill Suys and his wife, Kristin, live in Wisconsin’s picturesque Kettle Moraine and often visit their cabin on Door County’s Washington Island. The couple has four children and two grandchildren . - - - “Artist William Suys is clearly able to capture a wide range of emotions. I’m drawn to the fantastic portraits he has done of various people -- he does not hold back when capturing sorrow or joy on a surface. Additionally, William’s work involving animals is some of the best that I’ve seen… he skillfully captures their personalities -- revealing that there is more to an animal than ‘just’ an animal. In my opinion, William is a master painter… he is also a master of conveying emotion.” ~ Brian Sherwin, art critic and editor of Fine Art Views

Return to Maynard Dixon Country main page


Maynard Dixon Camp Out


SHOW CONTINUES....................................

 


The Dixon Camp Out is much more than just an art show. In fact, it's not really an art "show" at all. This event is a gathering of artists, collectors, community, and friends who love art.

The guiding principles of the event are two fold: we want to help artists in America and we want to ensure the viability of historic preservation. We are deeply connected to the art of Maynard Dixon and his contributions to American art. But rather than focusing solely on the beloved paintings of Maynard Dixon, we focus on the "art spirit" and intention of Maynard Dixon, the artist, poet, and whole person. In choosing to remember Dixon this way, we believe his legacy becomes even more meaningful when it is illuminated by the artists who are living and making art in 2017.

The camp out is one of our major fundraising events to support the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts. In bringing serious collectors to this event, we help the artists on the forefront of American art continue to thrive, and we fulfill our mission for historic preservation. All art sales from Dixon Country Camp Out directly fund the artists as well as the annual operating budget of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts and the Maynard Dixon Living History Museum.

 


ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRD FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS


We strongly believe in the importance of preserving Dixon's historical property, and the need for sharing it with other artists. We want to ensure that future generations will understand and benefit from everything we do at the Dixon property, which is why we continue to produce the Maynard Dixon Country event, host artist retreats, mount major shows for local artists, and host art workshops.

 
This promises to be a very exciting show and sale. All of the art listed can be purchased immediately by clicking on the artist's name which will take you to the available art. When you fill out the "Intent to Purchase" form you will receive a link for immediate purchase.

 


 

Lodging in Kane County

 

 

 

Keep in Touch! Join the Thunderbird Foundation Mailing List Sign Up Here

All content ©2017 Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts  •   Custom Website Design and ColdFusion Web Hosting by GoWest Web Design