William Grace was born in Kilkenny City in 1964. He received a Diploma in Fine Art from Waterford Regional Technical College in 1997. In the early 1990s William was working as a graphic designer before he decided to take up painting professionally. His first solo exhibition was during Kilkenny Arts Week in 1991.
The rural and domestic landscape are treated by Grace with a sensitivity to light through a vibrant, rich and colourful pallette. They exude a calm that lies beneath the busy surface. In his paintings William, through his quiet observations, captures the beauty of unconnected moments.... a child sleeping peacefully, water lapping gently against the side of the boat, an empty forest path and the timeless flow of a river to mention but a few. All of these images are woven into the fabric of the artist's life.