A longtime resident of New York Bill has maintained studios in Manhattan and Stony Point, Rockland County, New York. For the sculptor, and would-be-architect, the country life has had the greatest appeal. Several public projects are installed in Rockland County. He continues landscape painting and travel in the U.S.
Images, form, technique, connections of many kinds are, of course, central to Bill’s work; as they are to every artist. But philosophy, the implied order of a particular approach, is not part of Bill’s working method. Amazement is where he wants to meet the viewer, let theory and formal relations come later.
The images shown here; floral and abstract, the teapots in various combinations may be seen as simply as possible, as what they represent. The forms are also symbolic and cultural and want to inspire, in their physical presence, historical connections. He follows intuitive images and develop form through materials.
“Through materials” means a lot to Bill. Material is much more than the mere medium by which the forms are realized, it’s the “medium” through which a deeper investigation of the motivating idea is developed. Each successive work discloses an aspect of the original intuition by means of the sculpture itself. Material and technique as an integral component of the process allow improvisation within the idea, his opening into discovery and invention. But all that is his private fascination as an artist. Bill waits with the viewer to be amazed.
Most painting projects center in the Hudson River Valley, northern Vermont and the ‘Bay Area’ in California. His daughter, Laila, is a psychologist.
Born in 1940, Uzbekistan (USSR), Bill came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1950 with his sister and parents. A graduate of The Cooper Union, Bill continued at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University, where he earned BFA and MFA degrees.
A long exhibition record includes many group and individual shows in New York. Some favorable reviews followed exhibitions at The Painting Center, 55Mercer Artists Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery and Rockland Center for The Arts.
Painter, sculptor and sometime architect; Bill has been supported by grants and commissions for public installations and is represented in many private collections. Lectures and teaching in many parts of the U.S. have been anchored by his teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bill is a full professor in the School of Art and Design, assistant Chairperson and Coordinator of 3D.