William Dallimore is an airbrush artist who specialises in photo-realism. In his portraits he seeks to ‘paint the hidden angel’, blending the subject’s unique personality with his vision of their inner being.
He was born and grew up in the beautiful area of Gower, South Wales, UK, into a family of artists, engineers and philosophers. From an early age his artistic abilities were encouraged, with the exception of his crayon murals, lovingly designed for his parents, on the walls of their home.
“I paint purely for the joy of painting; it is my meditation, calming my mind so I can see the beauty in a subject.”
Over the past 17 years William has been drawn more to the exquisite detail that can be created using an airbrush. Will enjoys the freedom of trying out new ideas on many surfaces; from canvas to walls to vehicles to just about any paint-able object! Having followed his art passion through University he was introduced to the airbrush by his elder brother Richard, a wonderful graphic artist. Much experimentation and self-tuition followed, complementing his formal tuition which focused on traditional methods of painting and sculpture. The introduction of the airbrush was an instant hit with Will.
His academic, artistic journey began in earnest through his teenage years. Joining the artistic and engineering aspects of his genetics, William enrolled on a Bachelor of Special Effects degree in London, graduating in 2004. His main passions were in hands-on techniques of sculpture, prosthetics, and animatronics. This gave rise to him becoming an operator for a National TV program.
William is an environmentalist at heart. His connection to nature shines through not only the sports he practices; snow sports, surfing and Ki-Aikido but also the areas in which he has lived; stunning South Wales and captivating Canada. Evenings spent watching the beauty of a sunset and nights under the stars have given him a real appreciation of outdoor life and nature; the natural world around him floods him with wonder and excitement.
“I love the feeling I get when I look upon a majestic landscape or the radiance, power and character in a person. I just love to paint their hidden angel”
His painting style is very much in the realism vein, most works being on canvas using acrylics with the aim of creating a painting as close to photographic as possible. More recently Will has incorporated a form of sculpture into some pieces, creating more texture. Imagine 3D ski-tracks cutting through a wild winter landscape or 3D waves breaking on a south-seas shoreline.
Since his move to Sun Peaks, BC in 2011, his art has been displayed iat Alpine Images, a Sun Peaks gallery, at Mike Wiegele’s exclusive Albreda lodge at the Heli Skiing base in Blue River and in numerous local exhibitions and auctions. In December 2012 William’s work was displayed at the Sotheby’s Sun Peaks annual art auction. He has also been requested to submit pieces for the BBC, UK. In 2013 William has had work published in a variety of international airbrush magazines.