Charles William Bolsius was born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands on 23 June 1907. He studied art formally in Europe touching to New Mexico in the upfront 1930s. He contracted in Tucson in 1934. In that year he was painting, printing, building, and hand carving Good furniture and doors.
Charles Bolsius’s forward-thinking artistic sensibly was influenced by German and Dutch expressionists including: Leo Gestel, Jan Toorop, Kees van Dongen, and Emil Nolde even if embracing the scale and environmental tonality of the American West.
He exhibited his art in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and San Francisco. He designed and built numerous modified territorial/pueblo revival buildings in and with reference to old Fort Lowell on the edge of Tucson and was a member of many Tucson art organizations.
His wood take effect can be seen throughout the old Fort Lowell Historic District, Arizona State University Kerr House, in homes in Tucson’s Catalina Foothills (including the front door of 2540 East Camino La Zorrela), the Church Doors of Sasabe, Arizona and the doors to the Our Lady of Sorrows chapel at San Xavier del Bac. The dining room table at Rancho De La Osa in Sasabe, Arizona
Bolsius died in March 1983 in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona.
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