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
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
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
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
International Art Consultancy, London
1999 Oppenheim – John Downes Memorial Trust Award
2012 Juliet Gomperts Trust, Gift Award
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.