(1950 - )
|Bill Roach is one of the most respected Nova Scotia folk artists. He has worked as a truck driver, press operator, fork lift operator and carpenter. Bill began carving as a hobby in the mid 1970's, and did not start carving seriously until 1988. He carves a variety of subjects including roosters, animals, fish and people.
William's work has been accepted into several exhibitions, including a 1991 exhibit at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the 1995 G7 Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the 1996 Andrezisun-Ranthcon Exhibition in France. He was also the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the 1991 Les Amis Du Plien Air Exhibition. William has been the subject of numerous television shows and magazine articles, including On The Road Again, with Wayne Rostad, a 1995 National Geographic television special on Nova Scotia and a 1998 BBC Television program. His carvings can be found in the collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and in personal collections throughout North America, Europe and Japan.
Ref: Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival Society, A Joyous Vision - Contemporary Folk Art in Nova Scotia (1995); Blake Mckendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).
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