William Crosbie (1915-1999)

William (Bill) Crosbie (1915-1999) was a Scottish painter. His work hangs in all major museums and galleries in Scotland and is part of the Royal Collection. Crosbie was born in Hankow, China of Scottish parents. The family returned to Glasgow in 1926, where Crosbie attended Glasgow Academy and, from 1932 to 1934, the Glasgow School of Art. On leaving art school he travelled in Europe on a Haldane Travelling Scholarship. From 1937 to 1939 Crosbie lived in Paris, where he studied under Léger and Maillol. He describing his time in Leger's studio as one of my proudest experiences. Crosbie was at the centre of what he once described as a little local Renaissance, which included Hugh MacDiarmid, J D Fergusson, James Bridie, T J Honeyman, and Basil Spence. Other regulars at his studio were the refugee artists Jankel Adler and Josef Herman, as well as Duncan Macrae, whose portrait by Crosbie is now hanging in the People's Palace. During World War 1 he served in the ambulance service ad at sea. An important part of Crosbie's work after the war were his mural paintings, largely commissioned through his association with architects like Basil Spence and Jack Coia. His commissions included a mural for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Crosbie also produced illustrations for books and designed the scenery for a ballet. His paintings hang in all the major museums and galleries in Scotland as well as the Royal Collection and the British Museum in London, and in private collections throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. There were major retrospective exhibitions of Crosbie's work at Aitken Dott's in 1980, Ewan Mundy's, 1990, and Perth Museum and Art Gallery, 1990. He lived in Glasgow after WW2 until 1980 and then moved to Hampshire. Exhibited regularly at the RSA 1937-1990 and GI 148. Elected ARSA 1953, RSA 1974.