Approved: 16.08.2006

Russell Gilder

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Artist Statement


Russell Gilder has been a practising artist for 20 years, having studied at the School of Fine Art in Birmingham completing the BA Fine Art Degree in 1996.

He states that his art practice primarily consists of drawing, painting and printmaking, derived from the ancient woodland landscapes of England and Wales, particularly Mortimer Forest, South Shropshire.

His work has been an exploration of a twilight world that lives between the conscious and the ephemeral, a place that exists within the artist and within the countryside he explores.

Much of his work follows a variety of subject motifs within the landscape. Many of the themes he uses in his drawings and paintings are constantly revisited, reworked and developed. Compositions such as Archway, Estuary and Dark Woods are subjects he has come back to many times.

He has exhibited extensively in this country and abroad and his work is held in private and public collections. His work has also been accepted in major art competitions such as the Hunting Prize, Discerning Eye, Lynn Stainer Painters Prize, shortlisted for the John Moores painting Prize and exhibited and sold at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Russell is currently working on a series of large paintings. The content is a mixture of revisited ideas and new themes linked to the landscape and within this context he sees the work following in a tradition of Romantic Landscape imagery.


CV & Education

Biographical Note

1966 Born Plymouth, Devon

1984-85 Design Foundation, LCP, Elephant and Castle, London

1992-93 BTEC Foundation, Shrewsbury College of Art and Technology, Shropshire

1993-96 Fine Art (Hons) Degree, BCU, Margaret Street, Birmingham

2000-01 PGCE in Art and Design, University of Greenwich, London

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Capability Brown Celebration, Weston Park, Shropshire

2010 Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire

2007 Tissus D’ Helene, Chelsea Design Centre, London

2005 John Moore Theatre Gallery, Kings College, Worcester

Selected Group exhibitions

2015 BAP Spring Exhibition, Burlington House, Kings Rd, London

2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

2013 Summer Exhibition, BAP, Norsley Hall, Leicestershire

2013 Showcase - Group Exhibition, Gloss Gallery, Exeter

2012 160 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Queen St, Bristol

2012 The Great Create, Featured Artist, Greenway House, Devon

2012 Devon Open Studios, Shaldon, Devon

2012 DAN, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Devon

2012 The Gallery, Guilsborough Court, Northants

2011 RedEarth Gallery Summer Exhibition, Bickleigh, Devon

2008 156 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Queens St, Bristol

2008 Open Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham

2006 Open Exhibition, BSA, Victoria Museum, Bath

2006 Glasgow Art Fair, George Square, Glasgow

2004 Open Exhibition, The Woodlands Art Gallery, London

1997-2000 Bloxham Gallery, St Johns Hill, London

Competitions, prizes

2012 John Moores Painting Prize, Shortlisted, Liverpool

2011 Plough Drawing Competition finalist, Grt Torrington, Devon

2007 Lynn Stainer-Painters Prize finalist, Painters Hall, London

2007 Aomori Print Triennial, Aomori Arts Centre, Japan

2004 Chichester Open finalist, Minerva Gallery, Chichester

2004 Discerning Eye finalist, Mall Galleries, London

2003 Hunting Prize finalist, Royal College of Art, London


British Art Portfolio, Guilsborough Court, Guilsborough, Northants

Agents/ Consultancy

International Art Consultancy, London

Artbridge, London


1999 Oppenheim – John Downes Memorial Trust Award

2012 Juliet Gomperts Trust, Gift Award

Public Collection

Birmingham City University, Birmingham

Aomori Contemporary Arts Centre, Japan 


Peter Bishop: The Mountains of Snowdonia in Art...featured Artist. Published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2015. ISBN:978-1-84524-227-5.