Robert Gillmor Cause Of Death, Obituary Unavailable Yet – Robert Gillmor is said to have died after a long illness according to reports. The death news of the deceased has left family and friends to mourn.
Robert Gillmor MBE was born in1936 and is a British ornithologist, artist, illustrator, author, and editor. He is a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and has been its secretary, chairman, and president. He has contributed to over 100 books, and in 2001 was a recipient of the RSPB Medal.
“Sad news. The immensely talented, kind, and brilliant bird artist Robert Gillmor died this afternoon, after a long illness. Many of us grew up with his artwork in magazines and on book covers. A lovely man, who’ll be much missed. RIP Robert. Sympathy to Susan, Emily & Thomas.”
According to wikipedia.org, Gillmor was educated at Leighton Park School, Reading, and the School of Fine Art at Reading University. He was just 16 when his illustrations were first published, in the monthly magazine British Birds. When he was a student in the art department of Reading University, he illustrated his first book, A Study of Blackbirds. Gillmor taught art and craft at his old school for six years, Leighton Park in Reading before commencing a freelance career as a wildlife artist in 1965.
Gillmor’s output has been enormous and in a variety of forms, line drawing-watercolor, lino-cuts, and silkscreen. Since his first book in 1958, his work has since appeared in over 100 books.
Moving from Reading to Cley next to the Sea in Norfolk in 1998 proved an inspiring influence on his work. He resumed making linocuts. He is also a keen ornithologist and has served on the council for all three of the national organizations, RSPB, British Ornithologists’ Union, and the British Trust for Ornithology. He designed the first version of the RSPB’s Avocet logo.
He has illustrated the covers of the annual reports of the Berkshire Ornithological Club (previously Reading Ornithological Club) since 1950. He is a long-standing member (and former president) of the Reading Guild of Artists.
After founding the Society of Wildlife Artists with Eric Ennion in the early 1960s, Robert served as its secretary and chairman for many years. He was also elected president in 1984 and served for two five-year periods, he is currently a vice-president of the society.
As well as working to promote current work, Robert has done much to promote the work of past artists, including Charles Tunnicliffe, (editing three books) and his grandfather, Professor Allen W. Seaby (1867–1953), who instilled in him a love of printmaking.