Australian Art


AKA: Bill Ogilvie

Born: 1935 Melbourne
  • Figurative
  • Sculptor
  • Established

Born in 1935 in Melbourne, Bill Ogilvie taught art, metalwork, sculpture and pottery before concentrating on his own sculpture full-time in 1975. In 1977 he was granted the ‘Sculptor of the Year Award’ from the Association of Sculptors of Victoria.

Bill Ogilvie works predominantly as a figurative or semi-abstract sculptor and is especially known for his sculptures of the dancer. Like the work of Rodin, Ogilvie’s dancers express a natural balance, poise, and sense of life. The works are strikingly beautiful and dancers and enthusiast alike are continually amazed by the accuracy of movement conveyed in his full-size dancers and smaller maquettes.

Muses for the artist have included principals of the Australian Ballet including Marilyn Rowe, Gary Norman and Gailene Stock. Ogilvie acknowledges the kind assistance in his early years as a sculptor of the Australian Ballet and Michael Edgley who allowed him to be view and photograph ballet movement behind the scenes, in classes, and in dress rehearsals.

My first priority in the creation of a sculpture is to attempt to breathe life, movement and vitality into the bronze. I have always been interested in ballet and gymnastics as a pure form of movement in the human body, and even in other poses I aspire for the essential life form to come through.
- Bill Ogilvie

Bill Ogilvie has exhibited consistently since 1975, Australia-wide, and his work can be found in significant public and private collections in Australia and overseas. He has received important awards for both art and design, and has completed numerous public commissions.


1935 Born Melbourne, Victoria.

1996 Holdsworth Galleries, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW.
1995 Convent Gallery, Daylesford, Victoria.
1990 Holdsworth Galleries, Woollahra, Sydney, NSW.
1988 Ufitzi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
1985 Scotchmer Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
1984 Salamanca Place Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania.
1983 Theatre Centre Gallery, Canberra, ACT.
1981 Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza, Victoria.
1979-93 Annual Open Studio, Exhibitions Glen Waverly, Victoria.
1979 Holdsworth Galleries, Woolhara, Sydney, NSW.
1978 Kenneth John Scultprue Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
1977 Kenneth John Scultprue Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.
1976 Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza, Victoria.
1975 Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza, Victoria.

1978 McClelland Regional Gallery, Langwarrin, Victoria.
1976 Leveson Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.

1993,94,95 AFL and Norwich Union Rising Star Award Sculpture.
1984 Lifesize bronze ‘Mother and Child’ for Dandenong Valley Private Hospital Foyer.
1979,80,81 Export Award Sculpture and Medallion for Major Trading Banks of Australia and Department of Trade and Resources.
1977 Sculpture of the Year Award, Association of Sculptors of Victoria.
Also awarded Good Design Label by the Industrial Design Council of Australia.


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