Artist of the Month Pete Gilbert, New Forest Landscape Artist

Artist of the month Pete Gilbert, landscape artist with a passion for the New Forest who also organises the annual Hampshire Open Studios.

Many of you have already seen his wonderful work, got copies of his books; been to his workshops... seen him at the Hampshire Open Studios in August. He is not new to the New Forest.

PeteGilbert 1Pete is a landscape artist living in the heart of the New Forest because his passion is the Forest, the landscape, the changing landscape, the alternating seasons; wind, dark, light, water & trees. Always trees, the light & shadows. Light & dark invigorates his imagination & generates the passion in his landscapes. He loves the play of light on water, the interplay between stunning & unexpected light playing against dark shadows - the effect the one has on the other.

PeteGilbert2Pete is totally self-taught. Born & bred just outside Southampton, he didn’t make a big impact at school; he was not a great scholar partly because he suffered from dyslexia. So after leaving school at 16, he found himself living in Paris in the late 60’s which may have been the best education in life, love & art! He made his money in Paris by sketching what he saw with an old mapping pen & Quink on scratch paper... He eventually returned to England after 18 months, & found a job with a commercial advertising agency in Southampton, where he worked for about 8 years. Then romance & adventure took him to the Channel Isles running a pub in for a while; but eventually he decided that wasn’t the life for him.

PeteGilbert 3Pete found a rundown old place in the middle of the New Forest & has over the years, built it up into a beautiful home & studio. Now he lives, works & exhibits from there.

Every year he co-ordinates the Hampshire Open Studios, which art festival / adventure / trail happens over 10 days through August every year. The closing date for entries for this year is February 28th 2014. Don’t hesitate to contact him if you wish to exhibit from your studio this year in August - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pete’s book launch - “Lymington River from the Source to the Solent & quite a few places in between”, Pete Gilbert & Hugh Lohan. Price £10. Signing by the artist - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or see him at the New Forest Arts Centre on dates listed - www3.hants.gov.uk/forest/ or www.bluedogart.co.uk/events

Pete’s next talk in Lymington is at St Barbe’s in January 2015!

For dates of Pete’s workshops at his own studio, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To view his current work, please look at his gallery on www.bluedogart.co.uk

Or Facebook page www.facebook.com/bluedogartnet

 

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