Born in Melbourne in 1927, Fred Williams studied at the National Gallery School, Melbourne and in London in the early 1950s at the Chelsea Art School, and the Central School of Arts and Crafts where he studied etching. With his family he returned to Melbourne in 1956. He first became known as a graphic artist, especially for his etchings, a book of which was published in 1968. He later developed a distinctive style of landscape painting. He had more than seventy solo exhibitions during his career in Australian galleries. Williams has received many awards including the Helena Rubenstein Travelling Scholarship in 1964.
Fred Williams is one of the most prolific of the artists listed in our database, with the number of works offered for sale by auction since 1969 of 1,947, of which 1,426 (73%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $3,190,909 for Masons Falls (1981) sold by Smith & Singer in August 2023. In addition to this sale, a further 22 works by this artist have been sold for over $1 million. This year 50 works have been offered for sale. Works by Fred Williams are held by the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia and a further ten major public national galleries (see list below).
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