Visit House of van Baars by appointment. Call 919-901-3524
104 Douglas Street, Historic Downtown Wilson, North Carolina
Once a week spend your lunch hour with Frans van Baars. Learn technique and practice painting skills with a master! Check out Frans van Baars on Facebook and follow along as he shares painting time and fun stories.
Specializing in landscape and abstract works, artist Frans Van Baars is a world renowned painter who has dedicated his life to his craft.
Born in Holland, the son of a merchant marine captain, Frans vanBaars experienced both the horror of war-torn Europe, and the exhilaration of visiting ports around the world with his family. At twenty years of age, he set out to start a new life in America. He joined the U.S. Navy, and credits his start as a painter to an accident aboard a sub- marine which sent him to hospital with a broken neck. During recovery, his despair turned to joy, when he found new hope in a small plant thriving in the brick wall outside his hospital window. After being medically discharged from the Navy, Frans enrolled in the Ivy School of Art in Pittsburgh, PA in 1969.
Since graduation, Frans has been active- ly painting and teaching, as well as working with his wife Brenda to establish successful galleries across North Carolina. House of vanBaars Fine Art Gallery is located in Historic Downtown Wilson, North Carolina. Here you will find original land and seascapes from the 1970s to 2000s, limited edition matted and framed prints, in addition to new work by Frans, which powerfully expresses his emotion and passion for cultural and social justice. His use of dark tones and deep rich pigments capture the dynamic imagery of current events with feeling and timelessness. The gallery invites guests by appointment or special events. Commissions are always welcome.
Frans van Baars