Orca, Tail Swipe

Orca, Tail Swipe

Bill Prickett

Orca, Tail Swipe
Bill Prickett
Artwork Category
Into the Blue
Birch plywood on acrylic base
Artwork Size (cm)
54 x 34 x 18 cm x 2.9kg



Hand carved from birch plywood and selectively stained with ink, Bill Prickett’s sculpture ‘Orca, Tail Swipe’ shows an adolescent male killer whale (Orcinus orca) as it casually side-swipes a school of fish. This behaviour is intended to stun multiple prey so that the orca can turn and collect the fish with little effort.


Bill Prickett was born in Kent, UK and is best known for his sculptures of wildlife. He specialises in the contemporary medium of plywood, which has some unique properties and a beauty all of its own. Always intent on working with animals, at 17 years old Bill was offered a job working at Windsor Safari Park and for the next 15 years his work took him all over the world giving him experience with a wide range of animal species. Bill has also been involved with research work with humpback whales off Hawaii and bottlenose dolphins off Scotland. For the last 20 years, he has been a professional sculptor.