Born in England in 1933.
- Awarded the British Empire Medal
- Various solo exhibitions throughout Europe & the United Kingdom
- Exhibited with the National Trust of Scotland at Glamis Castle & Haddo House, Aberdeen
- Emigrated to Perth, Western Australia
- Various solo exhibitions in Perth galleries
- Became exhibiting Member with the Royal Art Society of NSW Become a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of NSW
- Various solo exhibitions in Sydney galleries
- Returned to County Durham, England
William won the commission to sculpt sixteen animals for the Botany Council; life-sized sculptures made in cement fondue of an elephant, camels, bear, gorillas, tigers and horses heads. He also took part in a venture with the Perth Mint to produce a range of sculptures for sale through their outlets.
During this period, he won several portrait commissions in bronze, including a commission to produce two life-size, rearing horses cast in bronze for HM the Sultan of Brunei.
"I consider myself a very fortunate person because from boyhood to the present, a few decades on, I have had the desire to express myself in paint or in clay.
In pursuit of one's aspirations, the ambition is the desire to capture the elusive aesthetic.
The many and varied environs I have traversed along the way became my subjects. My love of nature has not only always been a guide as an artist, but also a constant inspiration.
So once again I return home to Teesdale and continue my quest, recording its many facets".
William E. Rees