Pool Garden, Evening Light - William Wilkins


William Wilkins CBE b.1938

William Wilkins was born in 1938. On his mother’s side, he is descended from the doctors of Myddfai of Welsh legend and he is the great-grandson of the architect of the National Gallery in London. Brought up in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, he trained at Swansea College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he had a series of sensationally successful exhibitions in leading New York and London galleries. At that time Hilton Kramer, the New York Times art critic, wrote under the headline ‘British Artist Dazzles’: “There is something both very modest and very courageous in Mr. Wilkins’ art. And something very refreshing, too. Against all the empty-headed injunctions of modern ideology, he dared to be himself, to go his own way. Bravo!”  

William is a pointillist, building up an image from a series of tiny dots of paint, in the style of Seurat. This is a painstakingly slow process, and necessarily means few paintings are produced. 

William is also the  founder chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, Project Director of Middleton National Botanic Garden of Wales, former Director of the Aberglasney Restoration Trust, and Chairman of the Artes Mundi Prize and, therefore, does not have as much time to paint as he would like.    

Collections

National Museum of Wales

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

Arts Council of Wales

University of Wales, Aberystwyth

University College, Swansea

Contemporary Art Society of Wales

Private Collections Worldwide

Awards

2007       Honorary Fellow, Cardiff University

2003       Chancellor’s Medal, Glamorgan University

2003       Honorary Fellow, University of Wales Institute Cardiff

2003       Awarded CBE

2002       Honorary Fellow, Swansea Institute of Higher Education

2001       Honorary Fellow, Royal Institute of British Architects

2001       Honorary Fellow, Trinity College, Carmarthen

1993       Honorary Research Associate, St. David’s University College, Lampeter

1993       Elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy

1980       First International Artist in Residence, Artists for the Environment Foundation,

              Delaware Water Gap National Park, New Jersey

1980       Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant

1978       Welsh Arts Council Grant

1975       Elected member of the 56 Group Wales

1971       Welsh Arts Council Bursary