William P. Duffy was born in Boston in 1948. He received his art education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum/Clark University and the Boston Architectural Center. After leaving a twenty-year career in commercial art, he has been painting full time for the past twelve years.
Bill has been represented in prestigious galleries from South Carolina to Cape Cod. His work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He is a recently elected Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and is a member of New England Plein Air Painters, an artist member of the Copley Society of art, and a member of the Oil Painters of America in whose 2006 national exhibition Bill was given an Award of Excellence. He has been the subject of articles in US Art, Art Trends, and Sea History.
From 1993 through 2005, Bill has exhibited at the Mystic International as well as the 1994 through 2006 Spring Mystic Invitational Exhibits at the Mystic Seaport Museum, CT. At his first International Show, judged by George Plimpton, founder of the Paris Review, and Stephen Doherty, Editor of American Artist, he received an “Award of Excellence”. In the 1998 Show, judged by James Taylor of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England, and Peter Sutton, Director of the Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT, Duffy was honored with another “Award of Excellence.” Judges Stephen S. Lash, Chairman of Christie’s Americas; John Carter, President of Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia; and Dawn Riley, CEO and Captain of the America’s Cup contender, “America True,” gave Bill the 2004 International Show’s “Award of Excellence.”
Other exhibitions have included a 1996 group show at Big Horn Gallery in Fairfield, CT, and Mystic Seaport Museum Gallery’s Modern Marine Masters show from 1994 to the present.