Born in the Netherlands, Frits became interested in art at an early age. His family first emigrated to Canada and he became the youngest member of the Federation of Canadian Artists at age fifteen. The family later emigrated to the USA, and before becoming a US citizen, he was drafted to serve in Vietnam. Self-taught with no formal art school training, he has received numerous awards for his paintings and is represented in many public and private collections including the Michigan Governor's mansion and the collection of former President Gerald R. Ford. A mural depicting the history of the Grand Rapids Press, previously part of the former Press Building lobby is now part of Grand Rapids Public Museum's permanent collection. In 2011, Frits won the Grand Prize in The Artist's Magazine's annual All Media Competition. The winning painting was his entry from ArtPrize 2010. In ArtPrize 2012, Frits won 3rd place for his painting, "Rebirth of Spring." The following year, he was commissioned to paint a 25' mural for a new Veteran's facility in Battle Creek, which was praised by Governor Rick Snyder at the ribbon cutting ceremony on Veteran's Day in 2013. Most recently, Frits was selected to participate in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society 2021 "Best of America" Small Works National Juried Exhibition, winning the award of excellence.
Frits's ArtPrize Entries
These are Frits's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Frits's Past Work
These are images of past work that Frits has done.