Bill Bone is an American Briton born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1982. He graduated in fine art in 2003 from University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and now lives and works in Cardiff. His work is represented in public and private collections in the UK and the US.

Bill Bone

Self portrait, 2014

Bill Bone self portrait

In 2014 his self-portrait immediately took the attention of Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan, judges of Sky Art’s flagship programme Portrait Artist of the Year. From over 1,600 entries he went on to place first in the Cardiff heat of the competition and secure a spot in the final 7.

Self portrait detail

Bill Bone self portrait detail

“An object that is uneven and encrusted like an archaeological find, but also a radiant image. A beautiful thing to behold.” Tai Shan Schierenberg

Painting Ade Adepitan

Painting Ade Adepitan

His style is distinctive, inventive and immediately recognisable. His unique technique involves building up thin layers of dots in a pointillist fashion onto a highly texturised surface created by dripping melted wax onto wood panels. Texture, tonality and the tiny details only visible when observed from up close are as important as the overall composition.

Detail from Kit, 2010

Detail of Kit

Wax signature


He seeks to combine the challenges of capturing a formidable likeness with creating an engaging object that is both portrait and painting. He manages to combine modern techniques with ones which reach as far back as the Fayum mummy portraits from the 1st century BCE.

“Bone’s approach manages to combine various art historical references and yet still feel fresh and contemporary.” Kate Bryan – Art historian