Gilbert, George

Elected to RSW 1973

Artists Statement

I have always been interested in painting techniques and my preferred media are acrylic, watercolour and pen&ink wash. Generally the subject dictates the medium. I am a realist and my main aim throughout has been to respond to the subjects which interest me. I am intrigued by the way light animates the objects in my studio. Similarly I am drawn to the buildings and harbours of the East Neuk of Fife where I have lived for nearly 40 years. The elements and the patina of age lend them a character which challenges the skill of the painter.


I was born, grew up and was educated in Glasgow. I trained at Glasgow School of Art under William Armour and David Donaldson (1957-61) followed by a year of post graduate study 1961-62 (highly commended). I then taught in schools in Glasgow, Aberdeenshire and Fife 1963-88. In 1989 I left teaching to paint full time. With my wife Lesley we set up the Courtyard gallery in Crail 1993-2001. I have exhibited widely in the UK with many solo shows as well as group and mixed exhibitions including the RSW, RSA and the RGI. The Cleveland Drawing competition, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and the RWS Summer Open. After living in the East Neuk of Fife for nearly 40years we recently moved to Edinburgh.


2006 - Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons - RGI
2007 - Council Award - RSW
2009 - Artstore Award - Scottish Drawing Competition - PAI
2011 - Scottish Art Club Award - RSW
2013 - Armour Memorial Award - PAI

Selected Exhibitions

2008 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2010 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2011 - Queens Gallery, Dundee - RSA
2012 - Scottish Arts Club - Edinburgh
2012 - Gallery Q, Dundee - RSA
2013 - Limetree Gallery, Bristol
2013 - Gallery Q, Dundee
2013 - Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2013 - RGI
2014 - Red Rag Gallery, Bath
2014 - Gallery Q, Dundee

Public Collections

Nuffield Collection - London
Paintings in Hospitals - Scotland
Fife Council
St Monans Heritage Collection
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow

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