1924 Belgium to 2010 New Zealand
Gaston de Vel was a graduate of the Academy des Beaux Arts in Brussels. His teachers included Alfred Bastien, a friend and colleague of Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent. So one could say that de Vel was one of the last painters trained in the classical impressionist style by tutors with a direct involvement with the movement.
De Vel lived, painted and taught for thirty years in New Zealand, mainly in Hamilton and Auckland. He was rewarded the Kelliher Art Prize and exhibited in all the major Galleries in NZ. De Vel contributed hugely to the arts of this country.