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Ewoud De Groot

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Biography

Born in 1969, Ewoud De Groot lives in Egmond Aan Zee, a small former fishing town in northern Holland.  De Groot’s interest in wildlife art, particularly coastal wildlife, dates back to his childhood. He spent many of his weekends and holidays with his family on the open sea in an old Dutch shrimp cutter.  Roaming the dunes with his brother, de Groot collected and drew fish, birds and many other coastal animals.  At the age of twelve de Groot began copying the illustrations of artists such as Lars Jonsson, Rien Poortvliet, Pieter Dik and Thomas Quinn.  In 1991 de Groot entered the Art Academy Minerva to study illustration.  At the academy de Groot was exposed to drawing, etching, woodblock printmaking and, most significantly, painting.  Upon receiving his degree, de Groot began working as an illustrator for numerous wildlife books and magazines, especially those aimed at young readers.  In 1999, having had enough of illustration, de Groot began focusing on his own work, specializing in paintings of sea birds and large coastal landscapes.

De Groot’s paintings have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and England.  His paintings have also been selected for the Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art exhibition  since 2002, as well as the Western Visions Miniature Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming 2006 to present.  De Groot’s paintings are in the collections of the Dutch Ministry for Water Management, the Hague, Netherlands; the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, Copenhagen, Denmark; the head office of Unilever, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and the Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin.