Born in London in 1943, Bill Jacklin studied at Walthamstow School of Art (1960-61) and Royal College of Art (1964-67). Between 1967 and 1975, Jacklin taught at Chelsea School of Art, Hornsey, Royal College of Art and schools in Kent and Surrey.
Jacklin's works were exhibited in various solo shows in London and New York throughout the 1970s and 1980s with Marlborough Fine Art, London and Marlborough Gallery, New York. Jacklin has undertaken many commissions, notably from the Bank of England, the Ivy Restaurant, De Beers and the Washington National Airport.
Bill Jacklin moved to New York in 1985. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and in 1993 was Offical Artist-in-Residence for the British Council in Hong Kong.