Norman’s highly structured images are given form with the use of decorative pattern and vivid colour, creating a synthesis between figure and space. He says, “I try to make each colour and shape enhance every other colour and shape so it’s entirely satisfactory, so it’s at peace.”
Colourful oil paintings by 91-year-old Norman Gilbert, which take months to come to completion, depict everyday moments with loved ones. They bring light, delight and warmth to everyone who sees them. When I first set eyes on these paintings they sparked something in me that can only be described as excitement and after having visited Norman is his bright Glasgow Georgian studio I have realized that these paintings are indeed very special. They are paintings that never stop giving.
Oil paintings on a gesso ground with vibrant and decorative use of colour and pattern enlighten the senses. They are generous and delightful insights into intimate family life normally unseen by an outsider. I felt like an observer, looking upon an endearing scene yet they had the power to make me feel welcome. There is an interesting synthesis between figure and space, a union perhaps and the more I look the richer they become. They are calming, vital and full of integrity.