Robert Gillmor (b. 1936), Spoonbills, 1992, colour linocut on paper

Robert Gillmor (b. 1936), Spoonbills, 1992, colour linocut on paper, The University of Reading Art Collection [UAC/10163]

Seaby’s grandson, Robert Gillmor, has followed closely in his grandfather’s footsteps when it comes to his passion for colour print, wildlife, and birds. Gillmor studied at the University of Reading and produced his first illustrated book, A Study of Blackbirds, whilst he was still a schoolboy. He embarked on a full-time career as a wildlife artist in 1965 and is renowned, above all, for his striking colour-linocuts.

This pair of spoonbills, like many of Gillmor’s prints, is based on sketches he produced in the field along the Norfolk coast. With their long-legs and simple, bright plumage, spoonbills provide ideal subjects for Gillmor’s linocuts, where the visual impact is based on contrast; as he put it “This is no medium for little brown, streaky jobs that skulk in bushes.”

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