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From London to Venice, Paris to New York….. Terence Gilbert presents us with a fascinating collection of cityscapes. A diverse group of paintings which celebrate the beauty and spirit of many of our favourite cities. Rich in detail and highly atmospheric, Terence Gilbert’s paintings have an immediate impact and appeal.
A Londoner born and bred, Terence has retained a strong allegiance to his roots and a passion for the city in which he grew up. Views of London, its buildings and monuments have always proved inspirational subject matter for Terence and the Old Battersea Power Station and St. Paul’s Cathedral are both subjects he favours. He depicts such buildings with a great sense of monumentality, drawing emphasis to their architectural and structural beauty and often illuminating them dramatically against the skyline.
While London provides a natural starting point, Terence explores a wealth of other cities; he introduces us to the buzz of New York, street and plazas to spectacular views over Paris, and to the intimacy of the Venetial palazzos. A skilled draughtsman, Terence sketches or paints in watercolour in situ, before translating his images into oils. His primary interest lies in studying the way light falls upon the scene before him. He uses light as a means of bringing his cityscapes to life and he favours dawn and sunset when light contrasts are at their extreme. His paintings of Venice as the sun sets and rises, have an incredible sense of atmosphere and impart a transfixing beauty and tranquility…
Terence Gilbert began his ‘official’ artistic training at the Camberwell Art School, although his father’s position at the National Gallery allowed him to gain further valuable experience studying the techniques of the Old Masters. He began working the competitive world of advertising as a freelance illustrator, before deciding to devote himself entirely to fine art.
Terence’s range of work is remarkably varied and cityscapes comprise only one part of his oeuvre. He is extremely well known and is highly regarded for his equestrian portraits and his paintings on racing and sporting themes. Moreover, he has achieved international renown for his portraiture. His most significant commissions include a painting of H.M. The Queen and President Ronald Reagan riding at Windsor, which was presented to the President at the White house and a protrait of H.M. King Hussein of Jordan painted at Sandhurst. He has been commissioned by stars of film and stage, as well as painting many sporting heroes including Zara Phillips on her famous horse, Toytown.
Terence has exhibited successfully worldwide and is in constant demand for new paintings.