A Community of Colour: Norman Gilbert at Tramway Glasgow

Norman Gilbert, 'Reclining Boy and Girl', oil on board, detail, © Norman Gilbert, 1971
Norman Gilbert, 'Reclining Boy and Girl', oil on board, detail, © Norman Gilbert, 1971

Title:
Norman Gilbert

Times:
Tue - Fri 12:00 - 17:00, Sat - Sun 12:00 - 18:00

From: 3 Sep 2022

To: 5 Feb 2023

Venue:
Tramway
25 Albert Drive
Glasgow
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G41 2PE

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Glasgow’s Tramway is showing an exhibition of Norman Gilbert’s vibrant paintings of family life. Gilbert (1926-2019) lived and worked on Glasgow’s Shields Road for over fifty years, painting intimate, domestic scenes of his wife Pat, their four children, plus friends and neighbours.

Gilbert’s paintings are known for their bold and inventive colour palettes, their areas of flat colour, and vivid shape, juxtaposed in chiming combinations, with intricate detail and a complexity to their composition, forming a harmonious, integrated whole. Gilbert said, ‘each colour and shape enhances every other colour and shape, so it’s entirely satisfactory, so it’s at peace.’

The Tramway is also exhibiting pencil studies, textiles, objects and ephemera from the artist’s studio, a stone’s throw from the venue. Entry is free.

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