Oil on Canvas, 44x38cm.
William Selby R.O.I., R.W.S., R.B.A., N.E.A.C., R.S.W. b.1933
William Selby was born in Yorkshire in 1933, the eldest son of a Yorkshire coal miner. For a while he followed his father and became a coal miner, later working in the engineering and insurance industries, but a love of painting has always been a recurring theme in his career.
A self taught artist painting in various mediums, William Selby’s subject matter is usually still life, landscapes, musicians and figures, and his work demonstrates a strong, bold use of colour and vibrancy, developed by applying layer upon layer with painterly brushstrokes. William Selby is particularly well known for his still life paintings, with everyday objects suspended above colourful backgrounds. His landscape paintings are full of atmosphere with patchwork fields arranged into a vivid abstract design.
In recent years Selby has emerged as an important name in British art. His contemporary paintings have created an impressive following and Selby has had solo exhibitions at many galleries in London and the provinces and has exhibited at the principal Academies, Institutes and Societies of Arts, where he has won many major art awards and fellowships.
William Selby is an elected member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Water Colour Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour.