Art in MiniatureMiniature Art Exhibition

Showcase of Contemporary Miniature Art

William P. (Bill) Mundy HS, MAA, RMS - British Miniature Painter

Miniature painting: Alwen by William Mundy
3.75 x 3ins (9.5 x 7.6cm)
Watercolor on old ivory
Miniature painting: Jade by William Mundy
3.75 x 3ins (9.5 x 7.6cm)
Watercolor on old ivory
miniature portrait: Edwin Hunt - Bargemaster to H.M. the Queen
Edwin Hunt - Bargemaster to H.M. the Queen
3.75 x 3ins (9.5 x 7.6cm)
Watercolor on old ivory
miniature portrait: Jim Cottier
Jim Cottier
3.75 x 3ins (9.5 x 7.6cm)
Watercolor on old ivory

Note: All the ivory used by this artist is recycled.

Miniature Painter: William P. MundyBorn in Berkshire in 1936, Bill Mundy started painting before his fifth birthday. After an apprenticeship as a lithographic artist he became a cartographer in the Far East during the Malayan Emergency in 1956.

Early in 1960 he moved to Singapore as an Art Director for a contracted period of three years. However, the magic of the East entered his blood and he remained for almost twenty.

Bill became Court Painter to HRH Sultan of Johore and his five large portraits of the Sultan and one each of two Sultanas now form part of the Palace Collection in Malaysia. He returned to England in 1978 to paint full-time, becoming a member of the Royal Miniature Society in 1979.

Bill has won countless prestigious awards including Exhibit of the Year at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1980 and 1982, Silver Medal at the Paris Salon in 1982 and the world's most prestigious prize for miniature painting, the Royal Miniature Society's Gold Memorial Bowl, awarded to him in 1986 for his portrait of Edwin Hunt, Bargemaster to Her Majesty the Queen (shown above). This was bought by Sotheby's for the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

In 1987 the Hilliard Society of Miniaturists inaugurated the Bell Prize for the Best Portrait in the Exhibition, which he won in that year for his portrait "Red Hesser".

At the Chitralada Palace in Bangkok in 1989 he presented a miniature portrait of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and, in 1990 at a further Audience, two miniature portraits of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

Bill Mundy's paintings are represented in royal, public, and private collections in every continent of the world. Several of his works have been published as limited editions.

In 1999 Bill presented to the Queen an equestrian miniature depicting one of Her Majesty's horses winning a race.

Arguably our finest living portrait miniaturist, Bill is a prolific artist having painted nearly four hundred miniatures, many larger portraits and Trompe L'Oeil paintings. He lives and paints in his riverside studio at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

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