(1923 - 1990)
William Hollywood was
born in Lancashire, England in 1923. At an early age his
parents moved to Belfast where he was educated. He
received his diploma in Art & Design from Belfast College of
Art in Ireland.
He joined a
commercial design studio, eventually forming his own business
which he ran successfully for many years, until in 1968, as a
result of a strong desire to establish himself as a creative
artist, he left the commercial field and concentrated on
painting wildfowl and game birds in their natural habitat - a
lifelong interest. A few years later he left Northern
Ireland and set up home in the Republic of Ireland with his
He had immediate
success, for his public were quick to realize that he had the
ability to paint wildlife subjects in oil with unbelievable
softness and richness portraying great feeling and knowledge.
Bill is a quiet,
modest man, except on the subject of cruelty to animals which
he detests in any form. He states: "I am strictly a
conservationist who loves the beauty of birds and I am fearful
that in the near future few will be around to enjoy.
Therefore, I get great pleasure in painting them.
He is one of the few
overseas members of the Society of Animal Artists. He
has exhibited at the Mooreland Gallery, London; Ackerman
Gallery, London; the Sire Peter Scott Annual exhibition,
Slimbridge; the County Landowner's Association Game Fair in
Great Britain over many years; practically every important
wildlife gallery in the British Isles, and the 1980 Bird Art
Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. His
paintings are in the Ulster Museum and Art Gallery and in many
private collections throughout Europe and the U.S.
Hollywood passed away in late March, 1990.