1930 – 2011. Born in Glasgow to Irish parents, William Crozier is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art where he studied from 1949 to 1953. Throughout his life he has lived, worked and exhibited in London, Dublin, Paris and Malaga and since 1981 has always maintained a studio in West Cork and Hampshire.
William Crozier taught at Bath Academy of Art and the Central School of Art before taking up the post of Head of Fine Art at Winchester School of Art where he was elected Professor Emeritus in 1987. In 1991 he was elected a member of Aosdána and was awarded the Oireachtas Gold Medal for Painting in 1994.
Several films have been made about Crozier and his work, such as Gordon Smith’s ‘William Crozier’ for Scottish TV (1970) and ‘The Truth About a Painter’ directed by Cian O hEigertaigh for RTÉ (1993). Crozier himself made films: ‘’Charlston’ and ‘Meon Shore’ for Meridian TV UK in 1996, and later ‘The Frame: Jane Bown photographs William Crozier’, also for Meridian in 2000. Crozier contributed his hostile view of Dalí’s painting “Christ of Saint John of the Cross” to an episode of the BBC documentary series, The Private Life of a Masterpiece, which analysed the painting in 2005.
William Croziers work is represented in numerous collections worldwide, including the Copenhagen Museum of Modern Art; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Gdansk National Museum, Poland; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Gallery of Canada; Warsaw National Museum; National Gallery of Australia and Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane.