William Winter was born in Winnipeg in 1909. Winter received his art training under Group of Seven member LeMoine FitzGerald at the Winnipeg School of Art. He moved to Toronto in 1937 and earned a living as a commercial artist establishing the advertising firm of Wookie, Winter and Bush in 1942. He exhibited his work widely and had his first solo show at Eaton’s Gallery in Toronto in the late 1940s and participated in group shows with the Canadian Group of Painters and Royal Canadian Academy. He became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1938, and in the 1940s became active in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Canadian Group of Painters.
Today, classified as a Canadian post-war modernist, he is best known for his paintings of children. William Winter’s works are held in numerous public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Vancouver Art Gallery. His works are also held widely in corporate and private collections. He died in England in 1996.