Born in Glasgow in 1930 to Irish parents, William Crozier grew up in the quiet seaside town of Troon, Ayrshire, and regularly visited Ireland. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art, then lived in Paris in the early 1950s before moving to Dublin.
He held his first solo exhibition of paintings in London in 1957, and taught at the Winchester School of Art in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he began living part-time in West Cork, which is the subject of his recent landscapes.
He typically paints with rapid, expressive brushstrokes, in bright, contrasting colours, often disregarding traditional rules of perspective and structure.
Solo exhibitions include Arthur Tooth & Sons, London (1959, 62, 63, 64); Drian Galleries, London (1958, 60, 61, 62, 65, 68, 70); the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh and London (1985, 89, 90); National Museum, Gdansk (1990); Taylor Galleries, Dublin (1991); and career retrospectives at the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Gallagher Gallery and the Crawford Municipal Gallery in Cork (1990).