Norfolk wildlife artist who has fans queuing around the block is awarded MBE

Robert Gillmor painting

Robert Gillmor painting - Credit: Archant

Wildlife artist Robert Gillmor was presented with his MBE medal by Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

Robert Gillmor from Holt is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of

Robert Gillmor from Holt is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Mr Gillmor. who lives and works at Cley in north Norfolk, is one of the country's most popular and highly regarded wildlife illustrators.

He was made an MBE for services to wildlife art in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June.

Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty of the coast and countryside close to his home Mr Gillmor is particularly well known for vivid images of his favourite subject birds.

A familiar figure on the coastal marshes with sketchbook in hand, Mr Gillmor was inspired to return to his love of linocut prints after moving from Reading to Cley in 1998.

Robert Gillmor sheep stamps.

Robert Gillmor sheep stamps. - Credit: Submitted

A founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, his commissions include creating a series of first day covers and stamps for the Royal Mail,

Mr Gillmor was described as a 'brilliant observer of animals and birds' by Jody Lawrence, the manager of the Pinkfoot Gallery in Cley where the artist has held a number of sell-out exhibitions.

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He said: 'Robert's honour is fully deserved. It could not have gone to a nicer gentleman; he is an excellent artist, hard working, generous with his time and always happy to show people around his studio.

'When we have exhibited Robert's work at the gallery there have been queues round the building; he is incredibly popular.

Robert Gillmore, Poppycock work.

Robert Gillmore, Poppycock work. - Credit: Archant

'He brings representations of wildlife to people in a very accessible way, and is a brilliant observer of animals and birds.'

Mr Gillmor spent 40 years doing illustrations for book jackets and magazines, including scores of covers for the Collins New Naturalist series.

His work featured in the Wonder of Birds exhibition at Norwich Castle in 2014 of art inspired by all things avian.

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