Bill Culbert

b. 1935d. 2019

Also known as:

  • William Franklin Culbert

Bill Culbert was born in Port Chalmers (Dunedin) and studied art in Wellington and Christchurch, graduating from Canterbury University in 1956. There he studied with Pat Hanly, Trevor Moffit and Hamish Keith among others. Culbert received a scholarship for further study at the Royal College of Art (London) in 1957.

Culbert began using electric light in his art in the late 1960s, producing paintings, photography, sculpture and installation art. He maintained a vigorous local and international exhibition practice living between London, southern France and New Zealand.

He has been recognised by inclusion in many significant international exhibitions including the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). He has also received several awards and honours including becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008.

See also:

Bill Culbert & Ralph Hōtere (Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa), ‘Fault’ (1994), City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021