Bill Culbert is an artist working with photography, sculpture and installation, born in Port Chalmers, New Zealand, in 1935.
He came to London in 1957 to study at the Royal College of Art where he was awarded a silver medal for painting in 1960.
In 1964 he won the first prize in the Open Painting Competition organized by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 1985 he was artist in residence at the museum of holography in New York and the following year he had a retrospective at the ICA, London. Culbert represented New Zealand at the 1990 Sydney Biennale and was represented by the London-based gallery Victoria Miro.
The turning point of his practice occurred in the mid-1960s when he abandoned painting to focus on the theme of light explored through photography, sculpture and installation. The material he used included light bulbs, lampshades, plastic bottles, suitcases and jugs.
Buckman D., 2006, Artists in Britain since 1945, Vol 1, Art Dictionaries Ltd, Bristol