Fife 1910, Frome 2007
Stephen Gilbert was born in Fife on the 15th of January, 1910. He was active as a sculptor and painter. The paintings of Gilbert between 1943 and 1945, which displayed a fairytale and myth world populated by strange creatures, are very similar to that of the Danes around the magazine Helhesten (The Hell Horse) (1941-1944). In 1938 and 1939 and from 1945 he lived in Paris. In 1948, Asger Jorn discovered (1914-1973) his work at an exhibition in the Salon des Surindépendants and brought him into contact with CoBrA. He was included in the movement, befriended Constant (1920-2005) and participated in several exhibitions, for example the one in Amsterdam in 1949. After 1950 his style evolved from spontaneous improvisation to geometric abstraction. He then went on to create spatial structures in metal where he pursued a purely harmonic form.