David Gilbert - Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
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.
And a new passion! - Printmaking. Currently mostly intaglio (drypoint, acid etching, aquatint & mezzotint, with monoprinting), but also relief (wood & lino) and monotype.
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 have had artists residencies at: