Bank holiday book review – Pressing On by Robert Gillmor


This book is a real treat – full of clear, crisp, concise linocuts by Robert Gillmor.

Is Robert Gillmor the nation’s favourite nature artist? Who knows?  But over a period of seven decades he has been publishing drawings, paintings and linocuts with subjects primarily drawn from the natural world.  This book of linocuts is taken from his work of the last 12 years or so and is a testament to his skill as an artist but also his output.  We see here a range of covers of New Naturalist volumes (eg Farming and Birds, Yorkshire Dales, Bird Populations) and other books (e.g. Behind the Binoculars, The Life of the Robin), postage stamps of wild birds and mammals and of farm animals, covers for Bird Fair programmes, Christmas cards and more. All have the Gillmor characteristic cleanness and clarity (to which linocuts lend themselves so well) but also are strikingly lifelike and accurate.  It’s a combination which has endeared Gillmor to the world for so long.

The text adds some explanations and context to the artwork, and is a real asset, but this is a book in which the reader can simply look at the pictures with no guilt and huge pleasure.

An exhibition of Robert’s work at the Pinkfoot Gallery Cley opens on 28 April and closes 11 May.

Pressing On: a decade of new linocuts by Robert Gillmor is published by Mascot Media.


Remarkable Birds by Mark Avery is published by Thames and Hudson – for reviews see here.

Inglorious: conflict in the uplands by Mark Avery is published by Bloomsbury – for reviews see here.

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1 Reply to “Bank holiday book review – Pressing On by Robert Gillmor”

  1. I discovered this artist on " springwatch" this evening . He makes wonderful prints. I would like his new book of linocut.
    I really like this work , so bright, so neat and beautiful. Very inspiring!


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