Born in Marple, Cheshire, William Geldart was educated at Hyde Grammar school. His earliest memories are of drawing scenes from neighbouring woodlands and local scenes. After National Service working as a photographer with an RAF fighter squadron based in Germany, he spent a short time at the Regional College of Art in Manchester followed by an even shorter time in an advertising agency before joining Cheshire Life magazine, eventually becoming Art Editor for six years.
He decided to ‘go it alone’ in 1979 and today he works from his home in Henbury near Macclesfield in Cheshire where he and his wife Anne ran the Geldart Gallery up to October 2011. William travels extensively abroad – one drawing trip took him to Hong Kong for four weeks – and has enjoyed book and magazine illustration as well as commissions from such bodies as Manchester International Airport, The Sunday Times and the Halle Orchestra. William’s subjects range from scenes in and around the north -west to characters both real and imaginary and he has exhibited in some of the UK’s most prestigious galleries and even had a BBC television documentary made about his life and work. William still spends his days drawing the places, people and animals he so loves and is enjoying his greatest popularity among his many admirers.