Gilbert Whyman MRBS qualified in Architecture at Manchester University. More recently he studied sculpture in London followed by a PGCE in teacher training. As the passion for sculpture took over, he retired as an architect and is now a well established sculptor with regular commissions for work in metal and portrait heads in clay. 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.
Approach to teaching: My approach to teaching is to try 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.
What inspires my work: The human face and figure are endlessly fascinating to sculpt and my 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.