Born in Port Chalmers, near Dunedin, William Franklin Culbert MNZM was notable for his use of light in painting, photography, sculpture and installation work, as well as his use of found and recycled materials. He left New Zealand in 1957 to study at the Royal College of Art, London and divided his time between London, Croagnes in southern France, and New Zealand. He was married to artist Pip Culbert (1938-2016) and made many collaborative works with artist Ralph Hotere. His work is held in public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Europe, including the atrium of Te Papa, Wellington. In 2013 he represented New Zealand at the 55th Venice Biennale.
The total number of works by William Culbert offered for sale by auction since 2001 is 91, of which 59 (65%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $22,738 for Five Cubes to Black: Daylight to Nighlight sold by Art+Object in April 2022. This year 3 works have been offered for sale. Works by William Culbert are held by the Museum Of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and a further three major public national galleries (see list below).
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