The last Gillmor exhibition?


Robert Gillmor is launching his latest book at what he says will be his last major exhibition, at the Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley on 28 April (exhibition closes 11 May).  Put those dates in your diary!

Robert says ‘This will be the last exhibition of its kind I’ll ever do – I don’t have anything left!‘.

The exhibition will include over 200 linocuts and some classic prints from Robert’s back catalogue.  The linocuts are mostly from the last decade and include many New Naturalist covers and stamp designs for Royal Mail.  Robert’s last exhibition sold out in a few days.

New Naturalist cover for Bumblees. Robert Gillmor

The new book, Pressing On: a decade of new linocuts, is published by Mascot Media 0n 18 April at £25 (£20 at the exhibition).

Robert Gillmor is one of the nicest of men, and most collected of wildlife artists.  He was a founding member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and a past-President.  He was awarded the RSPB Medal in 2003 (see an anecdote about that in Fighting for Birds, p 275) and an MBE in 2015.

I interviewed Robert for Behind the Binoculars and his artwork graces its cover and also that of Behind More Binoculars (see below).





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6 Replies to “The last Gillmor exhibition?”

  1. Robert Gillmor was a few years ahead of me at school (Crossfields and then Leighton Park) and came back to Leighton Park as art master just before I left. He was an inspiration to us slightly younger birders and it has been great to see his success as a bird artist over the intervening decades.

  2. I have never been a regular buyer of New Naturalists, but was sorry when the incomparable Clifford and Rosemary Ellis decided to call it a day.
    It needed somebody with an instantly recognisable style to take over the jacket designs, and I think
    Robert Gillmor has done a pretty good job.

  3. Robert has brought beauty to the world both as an artist and as a person - hugely talented, hugely modest he has been an inspirational leader of wildlife art in the UK, playing a key role in linking conservation and art through SWLA and bringing the excitement and beauty of birds to millions of people.

  4. We have several New Naturalists and also a calendar hanging in our kitchen. This month features the Great Spotted Woodpecker from 1965. Fabulous.

  5. Hello, I am actually trying to contact Robert to see if he has retained the work he did for the Royal Mint.
    The designs were for Jordan and featured a Palestine sunbird and a Houbara Bustard.
    I am writing a book on the coins of Jordan and I am a little confused as to who actually designed these coins, the catalogue suggests Geoffrey Colley.


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