Bill Constable Net Worth

Bill Constable Net Worth is
$5 Million

Bill Constable Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

William Henry Archibald Constable (8 March 1906 – 22 August 1989) was a leading Australian film and stage designer, painter, cartoonist, printmaker and illustrator. Born in Bendigo, where he received training in water color painting from Meta Townsend, he was originally an apprentice electrician at the Jolimont Workshops. In 1926 he was laid off from the position and began study at the National Gallery of Victoria School and the Saint Martin's School of Art in London, where he was involved with the most advanced experimental theatres in England set his passion for life. William Henry Archibald Constable (1906-1989) was raised with two younger brothers in the family of the Reverend Archibald Henry Constable, rector of St. John’s Church of England. The designer was known for his illustrations, drawings, prints and paintings. On his return to Australia in 1930-s, Constable worked on several commercial design projects, and was noticed after his very first theatrical commission in 1933: the cubist stage decorations for the Gregan McMahon Players’ production of Bridie’s Jonah and the Whale at the Garrick in South Melbourne. The play was directed by Alec Coppel. The press claimed that the “production will be notable for the unusual settings by William Constable, a young artist who recently reached Melbourne from abroad … Constable’s stage settings are great fun. They are simple and attractive.” In 1940-s Constable illustrated Sir Eugene Goossens’ vision of his “dream child” Opera House. The two published an article with the visual proposal to built an Australian National Theatre in the style of a Greek amphitheatre built at Bennelong at Bennelong Point (4) With Constable’s departure for Europe and the scandalous conclusion of Goossen’s career in Australia, the proposed design was forgotten along with a few others of the time. Constable’s artwork is not held in the Opera House archives.The 1950 World Premier of Australian ballet Corroboree with the Rock motif of the backdrop designed by Constable was another highlight of Constable’s career. . This minimalistic composition accurately translated the desert of Central Australia. He used bold organic shapes, strong details, variation in textures and contrasting colours. The inclusion of a full solar eclipse added drama and mystery, and possibly represented the everlasting life cycle. The highlighted top of the stone is the visual focus of the composition, where a pastel pink sandy foreground is the centre of action during the dance. The fine lines of dried trees, a ritual pole and still sand waves make a statement of human presence and support the greatness of the rock. In 1953 the designer worked on 20th century FOX Film’ movie Long John Silver based Treasure Island on as an Art Director in Sydney. Produced by Joseph Kaufman at Pagewood Studios; starring Robert Newton. Constable was production designer and Art Director for Long John Silver, which was shot in Sydney in 1954. He also worked on the subsequent television series The Adventures of Long John Silver in 1956-1957.Constable and Edouard Borovansky met in the 1940-s, and a lifelong creative partnership and friendship began. As scenic director of the Borovansky Ballet Company for 15 years, Constable was behind most productions as a designer and a painter. Frank Salter described Borovansky and Constable working together “in total harmony over his [Constable] entire Australian career.” Constable “was always fascinated by Boro’s method of working with him” and often was entertained by Boro’s comments, such as “You clever bastard, Bill; you’ve realised exactly what I had in mind”. (2) Constable created almost 160 dramas, operas (16 of these for Sir Eugene Goossens), ballets (mostly for the Borovansky Ballet) and a long list of films with his artistic abilities and impeccable taste as claimed by Sydney Ure. The designer illustrated books and had several commissions for theaters. In 1952 he produced two murals, one for the lower foyer of the Theatre Royal which was partially demolished to clear way for the current ML Center. And another for The Empire Theatre on Quay Street in Sydney in 1953, but it was destroyed by a fire in 1970-s. Designer departed Australia again in 1955. In England Constable produced sets and costumes the first only ballet by Sir Noel Coward “London Morning” and then dedicated himself to design for cult movies. “Taste of Fear”, “The Hellions”, “The Skull”, “Doctor Who”, and “Casino Royal” are just a few to name from the long list. The village built for “Long Ships” set has become a tourist attraction in Yugoslavia. His sets and for “The Trials of Oscar Wilde” has won him Medallion for the Best Art-Direction in Moscow 1960 Film Festival. The production of the film “Lord Jim” took Constable to Cambodia in 1963 where he extended his stay for a few months to paint. His collection of prints and paintings on Cambodia was exhibited across Australia and in England. Constable returned to Melbourne in 1972 to design and supervise the production of the curtain for the Her Majesty Theatre in Melbourne, which was recently located in Queensland. Paintings of Australia and prints of Great barrier Reef prints produced by Constable in 1970-s were extensively exhibited across the country.William Constable was significant in his retaining great traditions of style and perfection that were established by the Ballets Russes and its artists. His legacy in stage decor, his input into Australian theatrical design and according to Frank Van Straten, his “most important legacy, however, is the generation of Australian theatre makers who admired and loved him, and to whom he passed on his vast knowledge and his deep love of theatre” (5).1 Meta Townsend, wife of Reginald Sturgess, Victorian Art Society members, Australian artists, Meta Townsend’s family lived in Malmsbury2 Salter, Frank, Borovansky, the man who made Australian ballet, Wild Cat Press, 1980 3 Introduction to Catalogue of Exhibition, Sydney Ure Smith, O.B.E., President, Society of artists 4 Eugene Goossens, How Long Before Our Opera House Dream Comes True? The Sunday Herald, 17 April, 19495 Van Straten, Frank, The Sorcerer, 2007

Date Of BirthMarch 8, 1906
ProfessionProduction Designer, Camera Department, Art Director

Production Designer

The Mind of Mr. Soames1970
Scream and Scream Again1970
Salt and Pepper1968
Torture Garden1967
Danger Route1967
They Came from Beyond Space1967
The Terrornauts1967
Armchair Theatre1958TV Series 2 episodes
The Adventures of Long John Silver1956-1957TV Series 12 episodes
Long John Silver1954as William Constable

Art Director

Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?1969as William Constable
The Deadly Bees1966
The Psychopath1966
Gonks Go Beat1965as William Constable
The Skull1965
Dr. Who and the Daleks1965
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors1965
The Long Ships1964as William Constable
Siege of the Saxons1963as Constable
Just for Fun1963as William Constable
The Hellions1961as William Constable
Behind Closed Doors1958TV Series 1 episode

Camera Department

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home1972TV Series camera operator - 10 episodes
The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie1972TV Series camera operator - 2 episodes


Castor and Pollux1973Short documentary
The Long White Trail1972Documentary
Police Cadet1971Short
The Esperance Story1968Short

Art Department

The Mark1961associate art director
Scream of Fear1961assistant art director - uncredited
The Trials of Oscar Wilde1960associate art director
The Secret Man1958set designer - as William Constable

Won Awards

1961Silver Prize (1959-1967)Moscow International Film FestivalBest Production DesignThe Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960)

Known for movies

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