ART IS LANGUAGE. ART IS NEITHER SPIRITUAL VOCATION NOR AVOCATION.
IN MY PRACTICE I EXPLORE QUALITY OF LIFE, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND ECONOMY OF MATERIALS.
Gilbert Grace is a multi-disciplined visual artist based in Sydney, Australia, with six years of tertiary education and thirty plus years of sustained studio based art practise. Gilbert is also passionate about human powered technologies, zero emission transport, commoning, habitat restoration, renewable energy, quality of life, natural capitalism, retro-innovation and life-long learning. His post-studio practise is an outlet for these diverse interests.
In 2016 Gilbert completed the MFA course in painting at the besieged Sydney College of the Arts. His thesis explored methods for attracting art and cultural activity to the Sydney Green Ring, an urban ecology, infrastructure and sustainability project he had initiated in 2003.
A keen observer of environmental issues Gilbert has focused on building resilience using human-powered active transport, immersion in green space, and active participation in the arts. The combination of these three elements enhances neurogenesis and plasticity while reducing stress.
Gilbert is a founding member of BIKESydney, ARTcycle Inc, and Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA). Gilbert was lead in the Hemp Initiative, the inaugural landed art residency for KSCA. You can read about it here in the Futurelands 2 Newspaper (2016).
He has recently completed a residency at the White Creek Cottage, Lilyfield. One of the many ongoing practises is incorporating hemp fabric in the form of canvas supports. The hemp offcuts provided feedstock for workshops and artist-made papers.
Gilbert curates artist-led bicycle tours for ARTcycle Inc. He promotes the greening of Sydney by actively supporting the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay, the Botany Bay Trail and the Sydney Green Ring.