Age is No Barrier for Artist

Next year will mark the 100th birthday of acclaimed Teddington-based artist Dennis Gilbert – featured on this month’s front cover – and celebrations are set to include a centenary exhibition. 

More people are embracing old age these days. Some live to celebrate their centenaries but not many of them are still working. Distinguished local artist, Dennis Gilbert, who reaches his 100th birthday in January, has been painting for 80 years and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. His studio in Blandford Road, a discreet oasis surrounded by garden, is much frequented. 

His work is widely exhibited and collected internationally. He paints landscapes, portraits, still life and figures in oil, watercolour and pastel, and he is an indefatigable sketcher of everything and everybody. A favourite subject is the River Thames; Dennis has painted many stretches of the Thames Path, especially around Chelsea and Richmond, where he has recorded the kaleidoscope of changing seasons and the relentless march of historical change. 

His youthful vision is shared with his wife, Ann, a spring chicken of 70, and they arrived in Teddington on Dennis’s 93rd birthday. Dennis can often be seen sketching in Gosia’s Cafe in Broad Street or at The Anglers. “It’s a bit cold for me now to paint outside. But with a sketchbook in my pocket, I can work anywhere. The secret of long life? A glass of wine at the end of the day (and, possibly, a second).” 

The studio in Blandford Road can be visited by appointment and centenary celebrations include an exhibition in Spring 2022.

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