"Through this landscape I have explored a world that lives between the conscious and the ephemeral"

My art practice primarily consists of drawing, painting and printmaking, derived from the ancient woodland landscapes of South Shropshire, a border county between England and Wales.Through this landscape I have explored a world that lives between the conscious and the ephemeral, a place of memory and imagination. My work focuses on the twilight hours of day, capturing light, form and colour through oil paint, loosely applied marks that conveys the idea of structure and form. The paintings are on a large scale and applied to canvas or panel. Many of the themes in my art are constantly revisited, reworked and developed. Compositions such as Mortimer, Archway, Estuary and Dark Woods are subjects I have come back to repeatedly and have over time moved from topographic representation to something more implied and less formal, with an emphasis on light and mark making. At present I am currently working on a series of large paintings. The content is a mixture of revisited ideas and new themes linked to the landscape and within this context I see the work following in a tradition of Romantic Landscape imagery.
Russell Gilder


Biographical Note
1966 Born Plymouth, Devon

1993-96 Fine Art (Hons) Degree, BCU, Margaret Street, Birmingham
2000-01 PGCE in Art and Design, University of Greenwich, London

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Capability Brown Celebration Tercentenary, Weston Park, Shropshire
2010 Granary Gallery, Weston Park, Shropshire
2007 Tissus D’ Helene, Chelsea Design Centre, London
2005 John Moore Theatre Gallery, Kings College, Worcester

Selected Group exhibitions

2020 Summer Show, Ashburn Gallery, Ashburton, Devon
2020 Borders Art Fair, Ashburn Gallery, Kelso, Scotland
2019 Taylor Howes Gallery, Group Show, BAP, London SW7
2018 Norsley Hall, Group Show, BAP, Leicester
2017 Group Exhibition, BAP, Deen,  Corby, Northants
2016 Yn Eryri, Group Exhibition, Storiel Gallery, Bangor, Nth Wales
2015 Burlington House, Kings Rd, Spring Exhibition, BAP, London
2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2013 Showcase – Group Exhibition, Gloss Gallery, Exeter
2012 160 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Queen St, Bristol
2012 The Great Create, Featured Artist, Greenway House, Devon
2012 Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Devon
2012 The Gallery, Guilsborough Court, Northants
2011 RedEarth Gallery Summer Exhibition, Bickleigh, Devon
2008 156 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Queens St, Bristol
2008 Open Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham
2006 Open Exhibition, BSA, Victoria Museum, Bath
2006 Glasgow Art Fair, George Square, Glasgow
2004 Open Exhibition, The Woodlands Art Gallery, London
1997-2000 Bloxham Gallery, St Johns Hill, London

Competitions, prizes

2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2012 John Moores Painting Prize, Shortlisted, Liverpool
2011 Plough Drawing Competition finalist, Grt Torrington, Devon
2007 Lynn Stainer-Painters Prize finalist, Painters Hall, London
2007 Aomori Print Triennial, Aomori Arts Centre, Japan
2004 Chichester Open finalist, Minerva Gallery, Chichester
2004 Discerning Eye finalist, Mall Galleries, London
2003 Hunting Prize finalist, Royal College of Art, London

Agents/ Consultancy/ Gallery

Axisweb, International
Artbridge, London
Singulart, Paris
British Art Portfolio Gallery
Ashburn Gallery


1999 Oppenheim – John Downes Memorial Trust Award
2012 Juliet Gomperts Trust, Gift Award

Public Collection

Birmingham City University, Birmingham
Aomori Contemporary Arts Centre, Japan


Peter Bishop: The Mountains of Snowdonia in Art…featured Artist. Published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch 2015. ISBN:978-1-84524-227-5