William Alexander (2 April 1915 – 24 January 1997;
born Wilhelm Alexander known as Bill Alexander on his TV
show; was a German painter, art instructor, and television
He was the creator and host of The Magic of Oil Painting (1974–82) television series that ran on PBS in the United States.
He wrote The Art of Bill Alexander (1987–95), a series of books on wet-on-wet oil painting.
He also taught the television painter Bob Ross the wet-on-wet technique.
The "wet-on-wet" or alla prima technique actually originated in Flanders during the 15th century, and was used by, Diego Velazquez, Caravaggio, Paul Cezanne, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet and many other great artists.
Alexander is best known for the television program The
Magic Of Oil Painting (1974-1982), which ran on
PBD in the United States.
Beginning with The Art of Bill Alexander and Lowell Speers Alexander teamed with other artists on PBS series' that ran from 1984-1992, included The Art Of Bill Alexander And Robert Warren.
Alexander also teamed up with painters Sharon Perkins and Diane André. Alexander and the second artist would alternate episodes, with both painters using the wet-on-wet method.
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