McWilliam was born in Ireland and studied at the Slade School of Art. Commissions included the Four Seasons Group for the Festival of Britain exhibition in 1951. McWilliam exhibited at Waddington Galleries, London and had a major retrospective show at the Tate Gallery in 1989.
Born in Banbridge, Co Down, Northern Ireland, Frederick Edward McWilliam was the son of Dr William McWilliam, a local GP. Growing up in Banbridge had a great influence on his work. He made references to furniture makers such as Carson the Cooper and Proctors in his letters to his friend, Marjorie Burnett.
He studied for a time at the Slade School of Art in London, where he was later to end up teaching. During the first year of the Second World War he joined the Royal Air Force and was stationed in England were he was engaged in interpreting aerial reconnaissance photographs. Even during this time he was still able to exhibit and teach art.
In 1964 he was awarded an Honorary D. Litt. from the Queen's University Belfast. In 1966 he was awarded a C.B.E. and in 1971 he won the Oireachtas Gold Medal. McWilliam is represented in many public collections, including MOMA (New York) and the Tate Gallery.
A new exhibition exploring the influence of surrealism in Irish art opens at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio on Saturday May 28, 2011.
Jun 01, 2011; A new exhibition exploring the influence of surrealism in Irish art opens at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio on Saturday...
This one night only event is organised by Rockpool Candy -- a young lady whose wonderful creations bring a whole new meaning to crochet and knitting (you can see her work in the F.E. McWilliam gallery in Banbridge) -- and Firsty, a group of around 30 Bangor artists, a number of whom already boast international careers.
Feb 11, 2011; This one night only event is organised by Rockpool Candy -- a young lady whose wonderful creations bring a whole new meaning to...