William J. Laing was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1960. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art then at Brighton Polytechnic in England and then received his Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art in London, England in 1974.
From 1974 to 1977, Bill Laing was an instructor in Printmaking, Photography, and Design at the Alberta College of Art. In 1977, he became a faculty member at the University of Calgary, where he is currently Full Professor and engaged as head of the Printmaking Department. Laing’s dedication to his profession gained him the University of Calgary’s Student Union Teaching Excellence Award in 1992/93, 2003/2004, 2010/20112, 2011/2012, and 2012/2013 . He has exhibited in over 500 group shows and 47 solo shows across Canada and around the world and is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (R.C.A.) Most recently, Laing was elected Honorary Fellow of The Royal Society of Painters and Printmakers (London, England) and was recently appointed to the order of the University of Calgary. Laing is married to artist, Barbara Milne.
Bill Laing’s meticulous paintings and prints deal with textures and patterns found in landscape and in the domestic environments. His current work incorporates historical lace designs, elements from nature and European landscapes. These works are lush and captivating as layers of visual elements seemingly hover over each other in translucent and iridescent glazes.