Artist biography

Stephen GILBERT b. 1910

Painter, architectural designer and sculptor. Born 15 January 1910 in Fife, Scotland, grandson of Sir Alfred Gilbert. Studied at the Slade School 1929–32, first on a Scholarship in Architecture, then turned to painting on the advice of Tonks and won the Slade Scholarship 1930. Married the Canadian sculptor Jocelyn Chewett 1935. Exhibited with the London Group 1933 and at the R.A. 1936. First one-man exhibition at the Wertheim Gallery 1938. Lived in Paris 1938–9, then painted in Dublin. Returned to Paris 1945; his painting became abstract in 1948; member of the Cobra Group and exhibited at the Salon des Surindépendants and the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, of which he was an Associate 1954–5. In 1954 he began making three-dimensional constructions, joined the Groupe Espace, and began exhibiting at the Salon de la Jeune Sculpture. Worked with Peter Stead at Huddersfield on projects for metal houses 1955–6, searching for a synthesis with architecture. This led later to structures of curvilinear planes in aluminium.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I