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John Willems

Free Member, Destelbergen (EU)

About me


John Willems is a well-known contemporary Belgian artist who was born in Ghent, the capital city of East Flanders, Belgium. His whole life was dominated by art, the advertising world and education.

John holds a degree in Photography, Advertising Design and Fine Art from the Graphic Arts Department at the St. Lucas Institute for Higher Education in Ghent, where he specialized in etching, linocut and woodcut prints.

As a young artist, John quickly gained respect and recognition during and immediately after finishing his studies. He was frequently invited to participate in both national and international exhibitions of painting, graphic arts and mixed media. He was recognized as a contemporary artist in the official reference compendium: “The Belgian Visual Artists of the 19th and 20th Centuries”, by Paul Piron.

Initially encouraged and destined for a career in the art world, from 1980 onwards John was given the opportunity to completely devote himself to an international advertising career as a freelance designer combined with a part-time job in education as lecturer in descriptive geometry.

In 2012, John Willems founded the Art Graphics Media Group, a global network of freelance photographers, art directors and copywriters. The creative freelancers of the Art Graphics Media Group use their artistic talents either individually or in teams on commercial or artistic assignments worldwide for advertising agencies, publishers or for clients with strong in-house marketing departments. John works in this group of course as a senior art director / graphic designer and photographer as well as serving as coordinator for the Group.

However, John will never turn his back on the world of Fine Art. His rich life experiences and his knowledge of numerous media disciplines have produced an unstoppable flow of artistic energy in conceptual art & photographic expressions.
He prefers to describe his own free-jazz Art & Photography style as: “My Style is a NO-Style”.
With this thought in mind he hopes to be able to practice his art in freedom and without any restrictions.

Sources: Art in Belgium - Paul Piron - Friends: Doug Wilkening (USA) - Thijs van Dorssen (Germany).

John Willems

Comments 543

  • arttherapist09 06/09/2013 5:10

    thank you, John for your kind words!!!
    All the Best, Svetlana.
  • Adele Oliver 04/14/2013 8:07

    hello John, great to hear from your ... it's been so long since I have seen an image from you. Thank you for your visit and kind comment !!!
    Sunday greetings,
  • Adele Oliver 12/22/2012 4:39

    Seasons greetings and I wish you peace, good health, love and happiness in the New Year!!
  • Sergio Orellana 11/05/2012 16:07

    Dear John
    Thanks a lot for your kind comment!
    Posada Playa Tranquila
    Posada Playa Tranquila
    Sergio Orellana
  • L. Sherman K. 10/06/2012 13:09

    Thank you for your nice comment :-)
    I appreciate it very much
  • L. Sherman K. 10/06/2012 13:09

    Thank you for your nice comment :-)
    I appreciate it very much
  • Adele Oliver 07/24/2012 2:10

    thank you so much, John - glad you like it .... I play around with the small editing pogram I have -I used the "wind" once before on this black and white image:
    Flying High
    Flying High
    Adele Oliver

    best wishes,
  • Berthold Klammer 07/15/2012 17:06

    Pere Lachaise #7
    Pere Lachaise #7
    Berthold Klammer

    Yes, it's not a pure B&W - I have reduced the saturation around the center. Happy you like it....best regards Berthold
  • Silvia Corvalan 05/28/2012 5:52

    Thank you for your kind comments.
  • Fons van Swaal 12/31/2011 15:03

    Thanks a lot my friend for all the comments throughout this past year...
    Best wishes..
  • Kaith Kakavouli 12/22/2011 5:12

    season greetings
    season greetings
    Kaith Kakavouli
    ...from my heart !!!
  • Berthold Klammer 12/21/2011 15:12

    Dear John,

    best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Hope to see more of your fine shots next year!

    regards Berthold
  • Fons van Swaal 12/12/2011 15:05

    Best regards and many thanks for all the comments throughout this year ...
  • Adele Oliver 11/07/2011 4:36

    Thank you, John - nice to see you back !!!!
    best wishes for your new week,
    Colours of the Rainbow
    Colours of the Rainbow
    Adele Oliver
  • Dr.Szirmai János 10/24/2011 14:36

    Thank you for your very nice comment! Hi János
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