Gwilym Prichard was born in Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth, in 1931. He trained at Birmingham College of Art, then taught in Anglesey until 1973. He was a full time artist ever since, and was a senior figure in Welsh landscape painting and one of Wales’ most admired and successful artists.
He is noted for his dramatic and colourful palette, and for applying the paint thickly and expressively into forms that pare the Welsh landscape down to its essentials. Ceri Richards once said that Gwilym Prichard 'painted the bones beneath the land'. In so doing, he manages to display his joy in the richness and beauty of his native land.
Gwilym spent many years living in Brittany, France where he exhibited regularly, and is also widely admired. In 1995 he was awarded the Silver Medal by the French Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters. He was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1970, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales.