William Packer NEAC Hon PS Hon RBA


Artist's Statement

Though William has long worn two hats, as a painter and a critic, he has always hoped that it would be the painting, seen from an active and practical view, that would inform his writing, rather than the other way round. For a while William's works flirted with abstraction, but there was always a feeling of landscape to it. On the other hand, the underlying abstract structure remains as important as ever.

Method of Working

William works principally in oil. For many years he painted on board, but nowadays he uses linen canvas and, for smaller paintings, primed card. William tends to paint quite thinly, and prefer a fast surface, rather than one with a marked tooth. He does of course also draw, and he does use watercolours for more informal study. His work, ever since art school, has always been essentially figurative – the head: landscape - though in the 1960s the landscape side did verge seriously on the abstract. William was also very interested in Pop-art early on, and worked a lot with photographic reference. He now worksonly from life or the object. Still life has been a major preoccupation in recent years. As to process, he does rather just start, and gets on with it. Once started, William works quite quickly, one painting at a time, though they do seem to come together in groups or batches. Over recent years he has worked mainly with still-life, but never exclusively so, and his intention is to turn again rather more to the landscape and the figure, as opportunity allows.

Biographical Details

Teaching Posts:
Visiting teacher variously at Exeter, Manchester, Hornsey, Ravensbourne, Newcastle, RCA, RA Schools, Edinburgh, etc
1967-77 Part-time teacher, Colchester School of Art
1964-67 Art Master, Windsor Grammar School

1963-64 ATC Brighton College of Art
1959-63 NDD (Painting) Wimbledon School of Art
​1951-59 Windsor Grammar School

Other Society Memberships

Pastel Society (PS), Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Small Paintings Group, International Association of Art Critics

Past Exhibitions

2014-16 New English Open
1996/2001/04 Piers Feetham Gallery: one-man shows
2007 Chapel Row Gallery, Bath: 2-man show (with Ian Potts) 2007.
2005 Piers Feetham Gallery: 2-man show (with William Feaver)
1992 Cadogan Contemporary: 3-man show (with Giles Auty, William Feaver)


The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988
John Houston (Lund Humphries, 2003)
Tai-Shan Schierenberg (Momentum, 2005)
Jorge Lewinski (RA Publications, 2006)