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William Pye

Born 1938, London.

William Pye went to Wimbledon School of Art followed by the Royal College of Art in London from 1961-65. He taught at the Central School of Art in London 1965-70, Norwich School of Art in 1966 and Goldsmiths' College of Art in London 1970-75. He was Visiting Professor at California State University, Northridge in 1976.

Willam Pye's sculptures are inspired by the natural world, initially he worked with stone and metal with a highly polished surface. In the 1960s he began using tubular stainless steel in geometric abstract works which intriguingly reflect the interplay of light, perspective and movement. In the 1980s he began to incorporate water as an active element in his creations, effectively used in the many commissions for public art installations he has undertaken.

Since the 1960s he has exhibited widely throughout the UK and abroad: in the USA, Hong Kong, Japan, France and Italy, notably in Turin and in Venice at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

Public collections holding Pye's works include the Arts Council of Great Britain; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Contemporary Arts Society; Greater London Council; University of Warwick; Graves City Art Gallery, Sheffield; Middlesbrough City Art Gallery; National Museum of Wales; Wakefield Art Gallery; Birmingham City Art Gallery; Aberdeen Art Gallery; and the Government Art Collection. 

Number Two
Spring Sixty-Seven