Greg Gilbert – A Gentle Shrug into Everything – Southampton City Art Gallery

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Greg Gilbert – A Gentle Shrug into Everything


Following on from Greg Gilbert’s solo exhibition, Through Sand in 2015, A Gentle Shrug into Everything shows the evolution of the artists’ work from miniature, photorealistic biro studies drawn from photographs to equally intricate but surreal imaginings.

In 2016 Gilbert was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer which triggered this major shift in his practice. This exhibition will feature a body of work, Convalescence, which was created in a great outpouring both in hospital and at home. Although all of the images arrived very naturally, they put the artist back in touch with primary influences of interwar artist such as Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and David Jones, who processed their traumatic experiences through surreal narratives. Also on display will be a selection of the artists’ poetry, a selection of which has been chosen by Carol Ann Duffy to be one of her Laureates’ Choice publications. These poems further explore his illness but in a less abstract way creating a full, sensory diary of his experience.

To accompany this presentation of his own works Gilbert will be selecting several drawings from Southampton’s permanent collection, featuring artists who have informed and resonate with his own practice.
Image credit: The Reverie of the Ward, Greg Gilbert, © the artist (Detail)

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