Geert-Jan Vons
    Media and Arts



Vons is an artist, born in Amersfoort, the Netherlands in 1966. His work  comprises painted pallets, canvasses, and three-dimensional objects. An important driving force behind his work is his passion for water creatures—in particular, whales, dolphins, and turtles. Through his work, Vons seeks to focus attention upon the marine environment. He is self-taught as a painter. “Painting for me is nothing more or less than a manner of thinking and expressing one’s self,” said Vons. 

Vons has studied alternative healing and medicine. He studied Sinology (Chinese) at Leiden University, where he completed his Masters of Arts degree. In 1999, Vons founded the non-profit organization WHALE WEIRDO, an individual initiative aimed principally at the artistic promotion of marine wildlife. He has written, illustrated, and published several children’s books.

Vons has been involved with Sea Shepherd since 1993, has joined several campaigns, and is responsible for the creation of Sea Shepherd’s artwork and  logos. At present, Vons lives in the Netherlands on the Ode, a former tugboat transformed into a whale conservation promotion vessel.