Henri van Bentum

email: nvbentum@direct.ca



8.13.29 The Low Lands. Canadian citizen since 1966.

Start of Career

Began painting in a sanatorium in the Netherlands during long bout with tuberculosis, 1952


Watercolor, acrylic, oils, Chinese ink, pastel

Solo Exhibitions

Paris, Mexico City, Toronto (5), Vancouver, Amsterdam, Banff, Alberta, Victoria, B.C.

Group Exhibitions

Montreal, Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Amsterdam


35mm film based on "The Organiverse Portfolio", shown at film festivals in Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Chicago. Also shown in Friesland and at the Ontario Science Centre


Banff School of Fine Arts; OSA 94th annual exhibition, Toronto; Canada Council; Ontario Arts Council grants


Represented in many private collections and over 50 major corporate and public collections in Canada, the USA and Europe


TIME, Canadian Art, Canadian Interiors, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Arts Magazine, Holland Herald, Het Parool, ArtsWest, Art Animation Films

Artists in Schools

Pioneer in the concept of artists-visiting-schools program and art ecology Lectures Lectured extensively on color and on several aspects of art evolution


Creative Canada; Dictionary of Canadian Artists; Visual Arts Ontario Index to Artists; National Gallery of Canada; National Arts Archives, The Hague, Netherlands


Henri van Bentum travels extensively throughout the world. He has visited and lived in such places as Ibiza, the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Indonesia, the Galapagos, Madeira, Morocco, Easter Island, Fiji and South Georgia, Antarctica.

van Bentum is a pioneer of Enrichment Programs aboard ships, and was guest artist & lecturer aboard two inaugural around the world voyages with Royal Viking Line in 1974 and 1975. Recently he completed a 127-day sea voyage around the world in March 2000, where he was artist-in-residence and Art Instructor. Henri speaks six languages and also writes children's stories. He is a member of the prestigious Circumnavigators Club, which was founded in 1902, New York.