William Crozier was a Scottish-born artist who gained recognition in the late 1950s as one of the most inventive British landscape painters the post-war period. He divided his later life between Hampshire and West Cork, and was elected to Aosdána, the prestigious association of Irish artists, in 1982.
By 1958, Crozier had set up a studio in Pebmarsh, Essex, and quickly began to develop the distinctively expressive landscapes for which he would become known. His deep, atmospheric colours and playful mark-making soon caught the attention of the Drian and Tooth galleries in London, and his work became a regular presence in both thereafter.
Crozier became an Irish citizen in 1973, and by the 1980s he was spending protracted periods in West Cork, where he found a landscape with which he formed a profound connection. The remainder of his time was spent in Hampshire, where he was Head of Painting at Winchester School of Art.
Crozier died on 12th July 2011.