Petty, William

The Argentine Pampas are, and in fact have always been, a prosperous region. The wealth of their vast extensions is evident not only in agricultural production, but also in the beauty of artistic works inspired in the natural settings and the very unique relationship between man and nature.

William Petty is today a renowned creator faithful at this tradition.

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Born in the northern side of the country, he spent his childhood in the family ranch or “estancia” as they used to call.
As is usual among artists, Petty knew its calling ever since he was a young boy. “I was lucky in having my parents’ support. My mother half Welsh, half creole. Is a very sensitive women, and my father an Irish man who did not seem to make much of my artistic inclinations, also endorses my initiatives.” Surely his celtic and saxon roots have something to do with the clear conciseness of his thoughts.

Before 5 years in Buenos Aires learning architecture, the rest of his youth was spent in Europe, where he took art lessons and started pouring his heart on brass and canvas.

He has always maintained a close relationship with foreign cultures and countries. Sweden reception him in the Kamaren Gallery during the 70’s; England in the Richmond Gallery ; Cardiff at “Pontcana” ; Bristol at Joan Hammond. Always in solo exhibitions he continued in Madrid, Paris, Canada and New York.

Several of his paintings are also part of major collections, like the one belonging to Charles, Prince of Wales and other to Felipe, Prince of Asturias. “I am very greatful but I am Republican”, he said.

A husband and father of two teenagers, he knows only too well that talent and expressiveness must always go side by side with hard work. Rafael Squirru