linocuts from Robert Gillmor’s Pressing On series.
A life in art and Nature “Printmaking has always been my preferred method of expression,” says Robert Gillmor, one of Britain’s best-known wildlife artists, whose work has appeared in numerous reproductions: in books, on postage stamps and on greetings cards as well as in their original fine art formats. Born in 1936 and trained at Reading University, he was still a student when he illustrated his first book, A Study of Blackbirds, reflecting his other passion: ornithology. He went on to become a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, and a prominent supporter of wildlife conservation, creating the original logo for the RSPB. Twenty years ago, Gillmor moved to Cley, in Norfolk, near the east coast of England, where he rediscovered his early love for linocut printmaking, using an Albion press made in 1860. To mark the anniversary, his work has recently been showcased in an exhibition – at which this print, ‘Bumblebees’, featured – and in a new book, Pressing On (Mascot Media). See page 53 for more of his work.