Bilson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. At the age of five he moved to London, England, speaking Icelandic rather more fluently than English. He realised that nobody was listening and started to paint. His unique talent was first noticed a year later, when, at the age of six, he won an international Exhibition of Children’s Art competition in Prague, Czechoslovakia. At the age of nineteen he became a full-time professional: self-taught, self-propelled and completely self-supported. He has painted ever since.
Bilson has lived in various countries including Australia, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Ireland and now resides happily in Iceland. There continues to be a great deal of travelling and painting on the move, as well as continuing to exhibit worldwide.
Many of Bilson’s paintings are owned by well-known people and corporations, such as Bob Hawke – former Prime Minister of Australia, Jonathon Sachs – The Chief Rabbi, Clint Eastwood, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Anne Robinson, The Von Thyssen Collection, The Romanov Collection, Westinghouse, Ashland Oil and Arrowfield Horse Stud, Carmel Greenwood and David Webb (former Chelsea Captain), to name but a few….
Courtesy of the artist’s website.