Bill Culbert

Back to all Artists

Bill Culbert

1935 – 2019

Bill Culbert was a significant New Zealand artist notable for his use of neon lighting. He studied fine art at Canterbury University School of Art (1953-56) and post-primary teaching at Auckland Training College (1957). He then went to London to study painting at the Royal College of Art (1957-60). Bill represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2013, and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa recently acquired his work from this event for their contemporary collection.

For the last thirty years, Bill Culbert worked with light, using it to transform objects and to create new hybrid illuminated objects.  

Bill divided his time between London and Provence, Southern France.