Exerpt from Pat Utermohlen's 2006 essay on Bill's work.

 

Again our house was surrounded with friends, one of whom asked William to paint her portrait. He was astonished, never having expected to  work for a commission, which  was a new experience  and of course meant that his work was to a large extent dictated by the client. William is an extremely witty man always quietly observing his companions, missing nothing behind the mask, often inventing names for the individual that summed the personality. The young woman who had requested the portrait came for a sitting in winter wearing a white coat with a hood lined with white fox fur, for us she was ever after known as ‘White Christmas’. The portrait he painted, sees her seated on her couch dressed in blue, backed by decorated blue cushions, her beautiful happy face glowing somehow golden, like the sun. After that success he would from time to time paint portraits of our friends, each individual carefully researched  and identified by the objects that most determined their characters.

 

utermohlen-1967-blue and yellow-48x60cm-oil on canvas 

Blue and Yellow

Willim Utermohlen, 1967

oil on canvas, 48 x 60 cm

 

utermohlen-1967-monstera deliciosa-305x509mm-oil and acrylic on canvas-malborough fa-jan69

Monstera Deliciosa

William Utermohlen, 1967

acrylic and oil on canvas, 31 x 51 cm

 

 

utermohlen-1967-staghorn fern-76x101cm-sbd-oil on canvas-coll arcocha-paris

Staghorn Fern

William Utermohlen, 1967

oil on canvas, 76 x 101 cm

 

utermohlen-1967-yellow curtain-61x51cm-oil on canvas-malborough fa-jan 69

 Yellow Curtain

William Utermohlen, 1967

oil on canvas, 61 x 51 cm

 

utermohlen-1968-the green chair reg-oil on canvas-87x72cm-coll boicos-paris

The Green Chair

William Utermohlen, 1968

oil on canvas, 87 x 72 cm 

 

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Death of a Friend

William Utermohlen, 1971

oil on canvas

 

utermohlen-1971-mother-152x122cm-oil on canvas

Mother

William Utermohlen, 1971

oil on canvas, 152 x 122 cm

 

utermohlen-1971-three trapped tigers-122x152cm-oil on canvas

Three Trapped Tigers

William Utermohlen, 1971

oil on canvas, 122 x 152 cm

 

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Tryptique

William Utermohlen, 1971

oil on canvas, 152 x 122 cm 

 

utermohlen-1971-woman at piano-oil on canvas-coll simon rees-london

Woman at Piano

William Utermohlen, 1971

oil on canvas

 

utermohlen-1977-diana adam smith-30x26cm-oil charcoal photo on canvas

Diana Adam Smith

William Utermohlen, 1977

oil charcoal photogrph on canvas 

 

utermohlen-1977-double portrait-oil on canvas-92x106cm

Double Portrait

William Utermohlen, 1977

oil on canvas, 92 x 106 cm 

 

utermohlen-1977-plant and portrait simon rees-51x36cm-oil charcoal photo on canvas

Plant and Portrait: Simon Rees

William Utermohlen, 1977

oil charcoal photograph on canvas, 51 x 36 cm 

 

utermohlen-1977-portrait in the garden simon rees-56x41cm-oil charcoal photo on canvas

Portait in The Garden: Simon Rees

William Utermohlen, 1977

oil charcoal photograph on canvas, 56 x 41 cm

 

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Study in Balck and Silver: Simon Rees

William Utermohlen, 1977

 

utermohlen-1980-stephen mather-152x155cm-oil on canvas-coll mather

Steven Mather

William Utermohlen, 1980

oil on canvas, 152 x 155 cm

 

utermohlen-1982-chris-oil on canvas-81x40cm-bloomfield rd

Chris

William Utermohlen, 1982

oil on canvas, 81 x 40 cm

 

utermohlen-1982-rosamund-122x122cm oil on canvas

Rosamund

William Utermohlen, 1982

oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

 

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Karen Hale

William Utermoheln, 1983

oil on canvas, 152 x 86 cm 

 

utermohlen-1983-penny mather-152x155cm-oil on canvas-coll mather

 Penny Mather

William Utermohlen, 1983

oil on canvas, 152 x 155 cm

 

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Carol Angel

William Utermohlen, 1984

oil on canvas

 

utermohlen-1984-dc in his studio-oil on canvas-186x84cm

DC in His Studio

William Utermohlen, 1984

oil on canvas, 186 x 84 cm 

 

utermohlen-1984-doughty street first version pat and bill-182x151cm-oil on canvas-blomfield-rd

Doughty Street: Pat and Bill, First Version

William Utermohlen, 1984

oil on canvas, 182 x 151 cm 

 

utermohlen-1984-doughty street pat and bill final version-182x151cm-oil on canvas-blomfield rd

Doughty Street: Pat and Bill, Final Version

William Utermohlen, 1984

oil on canvas, 182 x 151 cm

 

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 Edith Gubbay

William Utermohlen, 1984

oil on canvas

 

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Portrait

William Utermohlen, 1986

oil on canvas, 81 x 56 cm 

 

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Robyn

William Utermohlen, 1986

oil on canvas, 122 x 152 cm 

 

utermohlen-1986-the hidden noise-122x122cm-oil on canvas

The Hidden Noise

William Utermohlen, 1986

oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

 

utermohlen-1987-106x106cm-oil on canvas

 Double Portrait

William Utermohlen, 1987

oil on canvas, 106 x 106

 

utermohlen-1988-90-hoxton studio-oil no canvas-signed on back-70x85cm-coll benchimol-paris

Hoxton Studio

William Utermohlen, 1988-90

oil on canvas, 70x 85 cm

 

utermohlen-1989-hoxton studio ginny button-oil on canvas-coll boicos-paris

 Hoxton Studio: Ginny

William Utermohlen, 1989

oil on canvas