Jean Gibson

Jean Gibson (1927-1991) was born in Stoke-on-Trent and studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art. A member of the London Group, she exhibited regularly from the 60’s until her death in 1991 (galleries include Nicola Jacobs, Oriel Fine Art, Gillian Jason Gallery, Leicester Art Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts) including a solo show at the Redfern Gallery in 1994 to celebrate her life’s work. She was married to Anthony Whishaw RA. Gibson was also a sculpture teacher and gave lessons in her studio in Kensington.

Her later work has been described as ‘organic minimalism’, ‘modernist austerity’ and ‘….the contrast between strength and fragility, purity and sensuousness’. Her work “….erupts and extrudes, energising and activating the surfaces…white spaces on which she would literally impress or express her feelings
Mary-Rose Beaumont, Art Critic 

Gibson is featured in the book ‘Contemporary Woman Artists’ written by Wendy Beckett (1988): ‘What distinguishes Jean Gibson’s work, and deepens the paradox of the austere form and the explosive emotional content, is that her work is far more substantial and physically demanding than merely putting brush to canvas. She creates her sculptures from dense and hard materials, wrestling them into submission, pressing them out, waiting for them to set…’
Sister Wendy Beckett, Carmelite Nun & Art Critic

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