David Gilbert - Sculptor
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Instagram blog on my sculptor's residency
Youtube video on my Stephen's House sculpture project
I was brought up in East Finchley and have lived in London as well as East Africa, Central America and Scotland.
About my work
I have always been interested in form and colour, and originally began with wheel-thrown ceramics, developing my skills in throwing a wide variety of pots on the wheel, selecting and experimenting with glazes.
I learned in adult education classes in London and the Glasgow School of Art.
Subsequently I decided to explore my relationship with, and use of, colour and form, studying drawing and painting part-time at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute where my focus was on watercolours and oils.
I have developed my main focus on sculpture since 2012, firstly at the Institute, and more recently later under the direction of David Waller’s as a member of his studio group. I originally worked in plastic materials: clay, wax and plaster, but now produce carved sculptures in predominantly stone - from the UK and Zimbabwe - and wood, including green oak. I have followed through from the human form to maintain a mostly a figurative theme in my works until now.
I am now taking forward my passion for painting, and make my own watercolour paints from basic pigments including lapis lazuli, carmine, aurileon, viridian, Japanese ink stick and metals.
I'm also designing and creating an exotic garden in London, featuring tropical and Mediterranean-zone plants.
I am an active member of the East Finchley Open Artists’ group, which I joined in 2014.
I currently have an artists residency at Stephens House London, creating sculpture in wood reclaimed from trees from the beautiful gardens. photo blog, instagram, video. (May-October 2017).
Previously I had an artist studio residency at: Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall. web page. (July 2016).