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News article on 05/04/2018 by: CUNNINGHAM WHITE'S

The Prison Artist

Jim Gilbert (1933-1995) was an English artist, often nicknamed “The Prison Artist”.


Born in the east End of London, Gilbert entered National Service but was dishonourably discharged at the age of 21. Described by those who met him as a large, powerful and intimidating man, he entered a life of crime and spent a good amount of his life in prison due mostly to smuggling and robbery.


“Confined in the 1960s, Gilbert began painting as a form of mental release. Much of his output is in a sombre, narrow palette and reflected his early harsh life experiences.


In 1972, he had his first show in Bath. Gilbert received the Arthur Koestler Award for Prisoner Art and in 1973 he was chosen by The Dylan Thomas Society to paint a portrait of the poet for presentation to US President Jimmy Carter. His later works of Morocco and Spain, where he died in 1995, are more gentle watercolours.”


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