William Geoffrey Boissevain
William ‘Wim’ Boissevain is an Australian painter of Dutch extraction born Willem Geoffrey Boissevain in New York, son of Gideon Walrave ‘Gi’ Boissevain who was in the Dutch diplomatic service.
He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London and the Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
He arrived in Australia in 1947, became naturalised in 1949, and has established a studio at Glen Forrest in the Darling Range near Perth.
From 1951 to 1955 he taught drawing and French at Wesley College, Perth, later at Perth Technical College.
His portrait of the art dealer and benefactor Claude Hotchin was an entry in the 1957 Archibald Prize.
Since 1964 he has held exhibitions in many major galleries Australia wide.
His works are held in many public and private collections.