Gilbert Whyman MRBS qualified in Architecture at Manchester University and studied sculpture at Kensington & Chelsea, Morley College and South Thames College, and PGCE in teacher training run by Canterbury Christ Church University.
As the passion for sculpture took over, he retired as an architect and is now a well established sculptor with regular commissions for both work in metal and portrait heads in clay. He teaches sculpture at Heatherley’s School of Fine Art in Chelsea and at the Art Academy, Borough High St, London. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Society of Portrait Sculptors Exhibition in Cork Street, and has work in private collections in UK, Australia, Sweden and New York.
He is a Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Surrey Sculpture Society, Art Workers Guild and the Chelsea Art Society.
Gilbert’s aim as a teacher is to inspire and facilitate, so that each student creates an interesting and individual sculpture, and through really looking, incorporates what they have observed of the structure and character of the sitter into the finished work.
He finds the human face and figure endlessly fascinating to sculpt and his welded metal work is often inspired by found objects, so that a motorbike petrol tank might suggest a penguin, or a scooter frame a horse.