William Wilkins is a Welsh artist who paints using a technique based on pointillism. Originally trained at the Royal College of Art, London, William enjoyed a series of sensationally successful exhibitions in London in the 1980s and 90s. His work is characterised by attention to detail, with many paintings taking more than a decade to complete.
All are worked on from the subject, in the correct light and, in the case of landscapes, at the same season and the same time of day. For example, Avenue Summer, was painted in the early summer, in bright sunlight, between 2pm and 4pm. Completing the painting took thirteen years.
William, the great, great grandson of the designer of the National Gallery in London, was also the founding chairman of theWilliam Wilkins Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and was project director at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the founding director of the Aberglasney Restoration Trust. He was awarded the CBE in 2003 for services to the environment.
William lives and works in Wales but for the past nineteen years he has also worked in Venice. In November 2014, Graffeg published William Wilkins, a celebration of the life and career of the painter. Written by Draid Fraser Jenkins, curator at National Museum Wales and Tate Gallery, the book is a retrospective of drawings and paintings with a biographical essay written by David Moore.