Willem Dolphyn is a Flemish painter and illustrator, and the son of realistic painter and portrait artist Victor Dolphyn. When he was 15 years old, Willem was admitted as a student to the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he studied with Gustave de Bruyne, Anton Mastboom and Julien Creytens. Dolphyn began working as a fine artist, specializing in painting still life, throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and his work has been exhibited throughout Belgium and The Netherlands.
As a comics artist, Willem Dolphyn had already drawn the stop-comic 'Polo' in the educational magazine Clio during the 1950s. Then in the early 1970s, he drew the comic 'Jan Zonder Vrees' in cooperation with Jo Lagrillière for the inks and backgrounds.The strip, based on a character from Flemish literature, was published in newspaper Het Laatste Volk and collected in three books by the Zuid-Hollandsche Uitgevers Maatschapij in 1970 and 1971. Note that the second and third book mentions the artists names as W. Dollière and J. Lagryphin, a contraction of the two artists' names. In addition, Dolphyn gave lessons in portrait and figure painting at the Academy of Berchem. He remained active as an artist until shortly before his death in January 2016.