Bill Prickett is a gifted sculptor who is regarded as amongst the most talented carvers in the UK.
Exhibitions, Galleries and Awards
Bill’s work has been exhibited at galleries internationally including the Mall Galleries, London – he is an associate member of the SWLA (Society of Wild Life Artists) and regularly exhibits at their annual exhibition. Bill also shows work with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and The David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition, where he has won the David Shepherd Wildlife Sculpture of the Year Award. He also won the main Art Prize at the Festival of Falconry held in Abu Dhabi for his sculpture “Preening Peregrine” and at the Pensthorpe National Wildlife Carving and Sculpture Exhibition he twice won the People’s Choice award. His work has sold at Christies and Sothebys and is held in collections world wide. Other galleries include Francis Iles, Rochester; Royall Fine Art, Kent and the Diehl Gallery, Jackson, USA.
From Working with Animals to Sculptor
Bill has a wide range of interests and life experiences. Born in 1965 in Kent, UK, Bill was intent on working with animals and at 17 he started his career with dolphins at Windsor Safari Park.
“My work took me all over the world and encompassed a variety of activities from working with killer whales and sealions to expeditions in Australia, Congo and Borneo. I also volunteered with several organisations including Pacific Whale Foundation in Hawaii (to study humpback whales), and in Scotland helping Cambridge and Loughborough Universities with research on echo location in dolphins. Fifteen years ago I left this world to follow my long held interest in sculpture. My first pieces were produced from wood which has always held a fascination for me.”
When asked about the motivation behind his work Bill said:
” I aim to portray aspects of wildlife in the natural world, sometimes as an accurate depiction of nature, but at other times I concentrate on capturing the essence of a particular animal’s behaviour or character and sculpt a more stylised piece that draws heavily from my own personal experiences.”
“An important part of the process is selecting the material that I feel best describes the specific features I want to accent. This might be through the figuring in the grain within a piece of interesting timber (such as ‘Spanish Dancer’) or the contemporary medium of plywood that has a unique beauty all of its own (for example ‘Manta Ray’).”
Bill is happy to discuss commissions (please read the page on commissions).
A book is available showing some of Bills sculptures here.
Bill now lives a more sedate life in Kent, UK, with his wife Lesley, who is also an artist.