13 July 2011: Arts Council expresses its regret at the passing of Aosdána member William Crozier

The Arts Council has expressed its regret at the passing of artist and Aosdána member William Crozier, who died on Tuesday 12 July 2011.

Speaking today, Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council said, "William was a unique painter whose skill, control and intuition in using colour was exceptional. We sincerely regret his passing."

William Crozier was born in Glasgow in 1930 to Irish parents; he grew up in the quiet seaside town of Troon, Ayrshire, and regularly visited Ireland. William studied at the Glasgow School of Art and then lived in Paris in the early 1950s before moving to Dublin. He held his first solo exhibition of paintings in London in 1957, and taught at the Winchester School of Art in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he began living part-time in West Cork, which was the subject of his recent landscapes. He typically painted with rapid, expressive brushstrokes, in bright, contrasting colours, often disregarding traditional rules of perspective and structure. Solo exhibitions included Arthur Tooth & Sons, London (1959, 62, 63, 64); Drian Galleries, London (1958, 60, 61, 62, 65, 68, 70); the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and London (1985, 89, 90); National Museum, Gdansk (1990); Taylor Galleries, Dublin (1991); and career retrospectives at the Royal Hibernian Academy's Gallagher Gallery and the Crawford Municipal Gallery in Cork (1990). William Crozier lived in West Cork.

Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.
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Desert Rose, (oil on board) - Colin Middleton, 1975, Arts Council Virtual Gallery.

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