William Hollywood British, 1923-1990

William Hollywood was born in Lancashire but brought up in Northern Ireland. He studied at Belfast College of Art and ran a design firm before shifting his career to paint wildlife full time, mainly game birds in their natural habitat. He was a passionate conservationist. His work has been collected and exhibited internationally, as well as being part of public collections including the Ulster Museum.

 

When others of his age were keen to paint more abstract ideas, he preferred wildlife instead. After completing his schooling in art, he mastered the skill that molded him into an influential figure in the field and history of art. His most favourite area of painting is sketching and exhibiting birds of different types. William had painted different things before cementing his skill to paint wildlife but haplessly they didn't turn into a huge success.

 

With the arrival of this new theme, the wildlife and wild birds, his art flourished like a miracle and people started following him. Nonetheless, it's believed that many of his contemporaries drew a lot of inspiration from his prominent pieces of art for painting different genres. Having already left a thorough influence over the artists, William decided to step ahead by visiting different places around the world to capture, discover and paint birds of all types.

 

His contributions as a wildlife painter has been always remembered in precious words of history books, for he had been immensely decorative. Notwithstanding, William took part in many contests and won most of them. His passion for art, his devotion for improvising creativity, and his thirst for winning accolades through exhibition of his works cannot be undermined. He exhibited the majority of his well-known artworks in the Royal Academy during his peak time. He would often say that birds' lives deflect life differently.

 

Birds for him were the manifestation of beauty. Painting them and then winning the accolades through all those artworks can be termed as passion that never gives up. It was this unending passion that led William to become the most towering artist of his time. In a nutshell, art for the sake art was a message that turned William's paintings into sublime art.