Frits J. Goosen (13 December 1943, Hilversum, Holland) is currently one of the leading living impressionist painters. From an early age, he sketched and painted, gleaning inspiration from the studio of Stephen Kip, a painter who lived nearby. He was unable to pursue early artistic education as he was required to provide for his family, so he joined the Royal Dutch Navy. After his time in the military, he took up an appointment with bargee O. Hansen & Son in Amsterdam, where he worked for eleven years. Drawing and painting remained his great passion.
In 1976, he took the plunge and became a professional painter. He began by painting the ships that surrounded him at the Amsterdam Dockyards, and to this day nautical themes feature in his oil paintings. His specialty: charter sailing-ships and the "Brown Fleet," or cargo ships with brown sails that are now more frequently reserved for pleasure. Goosen knows practically all charter-ships by name and the differences between them in great detail. He regularly takes part in regattas, including the SAIL event in Amsterdam and takes photographs on these voyages that will become the basis for his paintings.
In addition to his works that feature sailing vessels, Goosen paints vegetation and cattle with technical detail. His paintings are characterized by his sensitive manipulation of composition, light, arrangement and color.
Besides his exhibitions in Holland, Goosen regularly exhibits in Switzerland, Norway, England and the USA. Over the course of his painting career, he has received several awards: » Award of Excellence, Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut, USA, 1988, International Maritime Art Exhibition. (Five works of art recognized as outstanding examples of creativity, insight and integrity in marine art). » Rudolph J. Shaefer Maritime Heritage Award, Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut, USA, 2001, International Maritime Art Exhibition (The judges will recognize the artist whose work best documents our maritime heritage, past or present, for generations of the future). » Prize awarded by the public, Enkhuizen, Holland, 2002, exhibition “Neerlands Vloot en de zee” on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the foundation of the V.O.C. (United East Indian Company). » In 1990 Fritz Goosen was chosen as a member of the “Royal Society of Marine Artists” (UK)×