William Kincaid (also "Bill Kincaid") was formerly known nationally in the entertainment trade as a costume designer, and after leaving the costume business in 1990, has been working to become locally known as an artist (born 1957) creating pet paintings in brilliant colors on large canvases. He has listed as major influences 1960s psychedelia, surrealism and Pop Art; Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Salvador Dalí, and other less-known genre artists. Although the medium, acrylics on canvas, has been consistent throughout his painting career, his painting style has varied throughout a limited body of work.
Kincaid's first employment in an art field was in 1974, working as a custom motorcycle artist at "Buzz's Psycles" of Chamblee, Georgia. He painted restorations of classic British bikes such as the Bonnevilles and Trophies built in the middle and late 1960s by Triumph Motorcycles and did customization work as well. He left Georgia in 1977.
From 1977 through 1989, he made thousands of costumes, also drawing and painting costume designs and various commercial graphics projects, in partnership with his brother Doug Kincaid. Bill Kincaid often participated in every step from the initial drawings, patterns and materials selection through the final cutting and assembly. Non-costume-related projects included props for numerous TV commercials, promotions, and industrial films; board games, coloring books, and logos. Kincaid also created puppets, scenery and props for local children's television shows D. B.'s Delight and Gator Tales (both featuring brother Doug), and remodels of sets for Six Flags attractions.
Kincaid attended art class at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Fine Arts during the early 1980s, although not an art major. After graduating from Washington University, he painted miscellaneous portraits of people, occasional copies of classic paintings, and abstracts in his spare time. He focused on pets after he painted a friend's Boston Terrier in a colorful way. He specializes in painting dogs, cats and other pets in his distinctive style. He has supported animal protection groups. He lives in the Midwest.
Kincaid also writes essays on cultural and historical topics, such as Really Remembering the Alamo.
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, January 7, 1983 "Almost Live! Dodo is rare bird indeed" biographical article on William Kincaid
- St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Friday, July 5, 1999, Living Section Front Page, "Talented brothers are creators...", article on Bill and Doug Kincaid.
- St. Louis Business Journal, September 12, 1988, "Those Guys at Kincaid are really Characters", biographical article on William Kincaid & The Kincaid Karacter Company
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, Monday March 20, 1989, "Kids Learning Responsibility With "Gator" Aid", article on Bill Kincaid and "Gator Tales" television show.