Bill Culbert

Genre: Contemporary Art

Country of Origin: New Zealand

Bill Culbert was born in 1935 in Port Chalmers, New Zealand. He trained as a painter in the 1950s at the Canterbury University School of Art in New Zealand and gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London in 1957. In the 1960s he began to experiment with light and movement, and since the 1970s his art has encompassed photography, electric light, and found objects.

Culbert has had numerous solo exhibitions in New Zealand, England, Europe, the United States, and Australia, and appeared in many group exhibitions. He has also produced major public sculptures in Christchurch, London, Auckland and Wellington. His art is surveyed in Ian Wedde’s Making Light Work (Auckland University Press, 2009).

Culbert resides in London and southern France, returning regularly to New Zealand to make and exhibit work. Recent exhibitions include 180° x 2 Whanganui (2009) and Everyday Irregular (2011) at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui; Singular Companions at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Hut at Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland; Light Marks at Laurent Delaye, London; and Concrete Parallels at the Centro Brasileiro Britânico and Dan Galeria in São Paulo (all 2012).

Source and images: NZ at Venice and Creative NZ