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William Henry Bishop (1942 - present) is an American marine artist who has exhibited and sold his art worldwide.
Bishop paints almost entirely in oils producing historically accurate works showing everything from Viking ships to windsurfers, and historical naval battles to contemporary yachting scenes.
After a business career, in 1980 Bishop started to paint full time. Following early lessons from Richard Joicey RSMA, who persuaded him to submit his watercolour works to the Royal Society of Marine Artists for their annual exhibition from 1981-84, in 1985, on the advice of Bertram Newbury of the Parker Gallery in London, he started to paint in oils.
His commissions have included a commission from the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth for a depiction of ‘Windy Corner’ at the Battle of Jutland, a commission from the Mary Rose Trust to paint the Mary Rose, King Henry VIII’s warship, a commission of HMS Warrior for the Warrior Museum and a commission of John Cabot’s ship, Matthew of 1497, for the City of Bristol. The painting 'lifeboat rescue' was used as an RNLI national fundraising Christmas card and the cover picture for the RNLI London fundraising ball in 1990.
Bishop's works are exhibited or in private collections in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Oman, Gibraltar, Germany, The Falkland Islands, Belgium and Denmark, as well as the UK. His paintings have appeared in publications such as the Dictionary of Sea Painters of Europe and America 3rd Edition, by E.H.H Archibald, The Financial Times, The Hampshire County Magazine, Boat International, Sea History Magazine, Antiques Magazine and the US Sailing Association publication, as well as several museum guide books.
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