American artist, William Hudson Temples, was born into a heritage of art and craft. For generations, creative expression was a tradition within his Scottish ancestry. Yet, while the clan flourished with talent in such areas as painting, sculpture, music, and interior design, William Hudson was but the second person in the family to receive a formal education in Fine Art. His childhood interest in the works of Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, Charles Schultz, and Shel Silverstein was encouraged and supported by his parents who kept him enrolled in art classes and creative programs throughout his formative years. In 1987, he began training at the Savannah College of Art and Design and in 1991 was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from that institute. William Hudson also holds a Master’s Degree in Science from the University of North Carolina.
Early in his career, William Hudson worked as an illustrator, and cartoonist. His comic strip, Dumbbells, was published across North America in magazines such as Canada’s, Razor and the U.S. Periodical, Alpinist. However, William Hudson’s true inspiration was not awakened until 1999, when he first explored the barrios of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It was during his first trip to the port city located at the mouth of the Rio De La Plata, that he developed a new perspective on his art. There, immersed in the intimate culture of the porteño and surrounded by the fading majesty of the South American metropolis, William Hudson found a new artistic vision, one that would move him away from the commercial world of editors and art directors and into galleries and private collections.
William Hudson continued his love affair with Argentina into the 21st century, eventually marrying into an Argentinian family from the capital city of Buenos Aires, La Plata. It was a union that inspired even more South American themes in his artwork. Wandering the boulevards of the Federal Capital, the artist studied not only the ubiquitous fileteado and tango, but also the sculptures of Lola Mora, the architecture of Francisco Gianotti, and verse of Luis Borges. As the unique character of the Argentinian spirit began to manifest in his visual art, William Hudson established patrons that included lauded tango dancers, known as milongueros, as well as music directors and musicians.
Today, William Hudson’s work has gained popularity beyond Argentina and the United States. Indeed, the artist has attracted a global audience. His work has appeared in curated, international art exhibitions and received awards for artistic merit that include the expression of the human condition in Latin America.