This test is excerpted from Pat Utermohlen's 2006 essay on Bill's work.


In the nineteen eighties William was commissioned to paint a large mural for the St John's Wood Reform Synagogue, the subject chosen was the Seasons. It remains today as one of the most joyful and colourful of his works. In order to respect the tradition of the mural surface he changed his method of paint application. He had always admired Piero della Francesca, and when planning the mural he looked again at the master. He was painting a history subject, yet he wanted it to be current. The clothes were a problem, his decision was innovative, he dressed them like young healthy hippies, bathed in golden light. The paint  quality was dry and mixed with a coarse substance thus, giving an overall wall texture reminiscence of fresco, fully in keeping with spirit of the work. 


















The work of William Utermohlen is organized here by genre and cycles. 

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109 utermohlen 1966 the furies canto9 152x120cm oiloncanvas

Dante Cycle 1964 - 1966  


 utermohlen 1970 happy new year oil gold leaf oncanvas 122x122cm

Mummers 1958 - 1970

utermohlen 1972 bird of paradise huile sur toile 96x121cm bob 700

 Viet-Nam 1972 - 1973    

   conv-pieces-snow The Conversation Pieces 1990 -1991

synagogue-shavout Synagogue St John's Wood 1981

 Mythologies and the Sea



self-portrait-with-mug Self Portraits     

  portrait-tryptique-lee Portraits

masks-clown Masks               

 nudes-blue Drawings