Dennis Gilbert – A Retrospective, Chambers Gallery
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOR ITS Summer Show, The Chambers Gallery is presenting Dennis Gilbert – A Retrospective, a collection of more than 100 paintings, watercolours, drawings and pastels by Gilbert – from July 27 to August 31, 2007.
Dennis Gilbert is a representational painter, specialising in portraits, landscapes and nudes. He trained at St Martin’s School of Art, where he received a sound grounding in the techniques of painting and draughtsmanship. Until 1986, he was Senior Lecturer at Chelsea School of Art. He has a period studio in Chelsea, and is an active member of The Arts Club, Chelsea Arts Club and the London Sketch Club.
As President of the Small Paintings Group, former Chairman of the Contemporary Portrait Society and a member of the New English Art Club, he exhibits widely, both in group and solo exhibitions, not only in the UK but also abroad. His works can be seen in overseas collections in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Iran, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Oman, Spain, Sweden and USA.
He has painted numerous portraits, commissioned by members of the Armed Forces, the Church, Universities, Museums, Scientific and Medical institutions, Theatre, Media, the Arts, Literature, Industry and Sport. His sitters have included footballer Tony Adams, novelist, Helen Dunmore, Concertmaster Christopher Warren-Green, dancer Isabelle Fokine and General Sir Richard Worsley GCB.
He also receives frequent commissions to paint houses and gardens in the UK and France, especially Chelsea, Burgundy and Bordeaux. The Thames Valley and Venetian canals are favourite landscape themes.
The Chambers Gallery show includes his landscapes and nudes from 1965 to this day. A continuing energy and exuberance are the driving forces of his life and work, in this his eighty-sixth year.
The Chambers Gallery: 23 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9HL.
Nearest Station: Barbican.
Times: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm; Saturdays by appointment.
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