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Isabelle Fokine
Daisy and her Pony

Daisy and her Pony
Joshua in the School Play

Joshua in the School Play
Pennant Huskinson QC and her Children

Pennant Huskinson QC and her Children
Lord Fitzwalter at Goodnestone Park

Lord Fitzwalter at Goodnestone Park
Ann Kodicek

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Portfolio for Dennis Gilbert NEAC - Commissionaportrait

Studied St Martins School of Art, London Worked simultaneously as painter and teacher, becoming Senior Lecturer at Hammersmith (later Chelsea) School of Art in 1965 Since 1986, fulltime painter, specialising in portraiture Frequent exhibitor Royal Academy, Royal Society of Portrait Painters President, Small Paintings Group; Member New English Art Club. Studio in Chelsea.
Education   Dennis trained at St Martin's School of art in London's Charing Cross Road. Until 1986, he was senior Lecturer at Chelsea School of Art. He also taught at Hammersmith, Wimbledon and Kingston Schools of Art.
Awards   President of the small Paintings group  
Former Chairman of of the Contemporary Portrait Society  
Member of the New English Arts Club
Selected Commissions   Selected Commissions:  
Lord Fitzwalter  
Dame Ma !rgaret Miles, DBE (Education Pioneer)  
Sir Arthur Drew (Chairman, Museum & Galleries Commission)  
Sir Clifford Chetwood (Trustee, Victoria & Albert Museum)  
Jackie Downing (Secretary, The Arts Club)  
Andrew Hutchinson (Director, Art for Offices)  
Kenneth Baird (Director of Music, Arts Council)  
The Reverend Prebendary Leighton Thomson  
Dr William Barry (Vice-Chancellor, Thames Valley University)  
Sir Rustam Feroze (President - Royal Society of Obstetricians  
& Gynaecologists)  
Christine Burn (Newscaster, BBC TV)  
Mary Medawar (Chairman, The Arts Club)  
Dandy de la Rebaudiere (King Charles Spaniel)
Group Exhibitions   Annual/Biannual showings at member exhibitions of:  
New English Art Club, Society of Landscape Painters, Small Paintings Group, Contemporary Portrait Society, National Society of Painters, Chelsea Art Society, NineElms Group. Regular showings since 1950 at the Royal Academy Summer Show. Also Paris Salon, Royal fesival Hall, Royal society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal institute of oil Painters, Browse & Darby Gallry, Piccadilly Gallery, Redfern Gallery, Cedar house Gallery, Art for Offices, The Arts Club
Solo Exhibitions   1997-2002 Highgate Fine Art  
2002-2005 Piers Feetham Gallery
Artist's Statement   When painting a portrait, my main priorities are to capture likeness and character. These are closely associated with environment, so I regard setting and costume as important elements. A portrait is a work of art, not just a branch of handicraft; and painterly qualities, such as colour and composition are crucial in marking this difference. To keep attuned, I make it a rule, in addition to working on commissions, to draw and paint every day. I regularly visit exhibitions and collections showing the work of the great masters. I especially admire the portraits of Degas, Manet, Renoir and Sargent.  
Ideally, I prefer potential sitters to visit my studio in the first instance to see completed works. After that, I like to visit them in their own home to discuss their wishes and requirements. Together, we decide what they will wear, the setting and where the picture will hang. During actual sittings, my procedures vary, depending on the deadline, the sitters availability and the chosen size and medium of the portrait. My methods depend on my interaction with the sitter, which in turn depends on his or her temperament (some people like to sit quietly listening to music, others prefer to chat, smoke or move around) and age. Children or animals, for example, are a quite different proposition from adults.  
Sittings vary in number, but average four, of one-and-a-half to two hours duration, for a painting measuring 200x160. In the case of children, busy executives or foreign visitors, I can work from a one-hour drawing, a one-hour sketch painting and supplementary photographs. I produce the final picture in my studio.  
Sittings are punctuated by as many rests as the sitter requires. Very young children respond to sittings of up to one hour (max.), if these are divided into manageable units of 10 minutes or less, with suitable rewards offered at regular intervals, culminating in a modest models fee. They are then encouraged to show me their favourite spots around the house and garden, to introduce me to their pets, to show off their toys and demonstrate their skills (dancing, horseriding, etc.) while I take photographs of them, both posed and unposed. Parents, grandparents and older children are given more conventional treatment, but they, too, are invited to indicate their favourite possessions and hobbies so that I can get to know them better.

Statement      Sittings are normally one and a half to two hours, with as many rests as the sitter wishes.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From 650    $null
  Head and Shoulders   From 1500    $null
Half LengthFrom 2500 $null
3/4 LengthFrom 3500 $null
Full LengthFrom 4500 $null
Double PortraitFrom 5000 $null
Group PortraitFrom 7000 $null
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
Dennis Gilbert.......An excellent portrait painter  
(Sunday Telegraph, 1981)  
Olivia ..... is a lively rendering of a three-year-old painted in a Chelsea garden. This strikes a startling balance between formal tradition (the Whistleresque costume and Gainsborough pose) and fresh contemporaneity.  
(Arts Review)  
He really caught the essence of who I think I am. He captured my spirituality and my joy of life. Dennis has a lovely style, very reminiscent of the Impressionist painter Bonnard.  
(Christine Burn, actress, as reported in The Daily Mail)  
Dennis Gilberts pencil and watercolour studies of (the poets) George Macbeth, John Heath-Stubbs, and Charles Tomlinson are outstanding.  
(Kensington & Chelsea Times)  
With some 434 works on show, including contributions from the Prince of Wales.... I did fix particularly on one or two: Dennis Gilberts portrait of Mirjana....  
(William Packer, Financial Times)