SAVING FACES:  Art and Medicine   SAVING FACES:  Art and Medicine



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About the Artist


Mark Gilbert (b.1969) studied at Glasgow School of Art and has been a regular exhibitor in the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London since 1993, commended three years in a row in 1994, 1995 and 1996. He has exhibited widely in Britain, Europe, Japan and the USA. And has won numerous awards both at home and abroad, including The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Montreal Canada.


In 1999, having spent many years working in a studio in Glasgow and a year working in Madrid, he began his residency at The Maxillofacial Surgical Unit at the Royal London Hospital. The resultant exhibition has toured round major venues in the UK, culminating at The National Portrait Gallery, London as well as being exhibited in Sweden and The Netherlands.   During his time as Artist in Residence at the Royal London Hospital, Mark's work became entwined with the psychological recovery of his subjects who were undergoing facial surgery and had also agreed to sit as subjects for Mark's project. It aided in their healing process as well as providing them with the opportunity to talk to someone who was not in the medical field. This time gave Gilbert valuable visual, emotional and personal experience, which has continued to also inform his own personal painting practice.



Current Projects


The artist is now undertaking the post of Visiting Professor at The University of Nebraska, Omaha, in conjunction with a project at the Nebraska Medical Centre painting patients and care givers from a wide range of departments and disciplines.