WILLIAM HENRY PRICE grew up exploring the creeks and fields near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He received an MFA degree from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of Art, and a BFA from Boston University. BU provided a classical training in figurative painting, but while there William was also greatly influenced by Phillip Guston.
He taught painting and design at Seton Hall University for seven years before becoming co-director of the Cross-Cultural Institute in New York, a non-profit dedicated to inter-cultural cooperation and exchange. More recently he has taught Contemporary Art History and Drawing at Western Carolina University.
William’s paintings, often intricately detailed, express his lifelong enthusiasm for nature and mythology. “I'm painting inside the visible world, where everything is vibrant and alive." His writings and lectures on the arts of many cultures are narrated with the practicality and purpose of a working contemporary artist, and they also provide a set of poetic annotations to his own artistic iconography.
Education has been a lifelong endeavor, and William has taught college, high school, children and adults.
“The first principle of art is appreciation, and appreciation is indeed the basis of ritual art in natural societies. As science now moves beyond its materialist period, this primary function of art - reciprocity with the invisible - is re-emerging as essential.”
The paintings of William Henry Price have been exhibited in many galleries and museums including Chase Young Gallery, Boston; Momentum Gallery, NC; the Zimmerli Art Museum, NJ; Yale Art & Architecture Gallery, CT; Waverly Gallery, NYC; National Academy of Design, NYC; Allentown Art Museum, PA; and the Fayetteville Museum of Art, NC.
William Henry Price is represented by Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC