Jean Gilder on BBC2 Show me the Monet

Jean Gilder on BBC2 Show me the Monet Jean Gilder on BBC2 Show me the Monet Jean Gilder on BBC2 Show me the Monet Jean Gilder on BBC2 Show me the Monet Jean Gilder on BBC2 Show me the Monet

Jean was recently (May 2011) on the popular BBC2 TV series, “Show me the Monet”, a program about artist's work being judged by a panel of art critics.

Jean showcased one of her favorite paintings of recent times, “Thimble Manor”, a painting of a quaint thatched cottage set deep in the woods, populated by all the woodland characters that Jean knows and loves so well. Cutaways show the busy and often comical work and play going on inside the ancient old Manor house, even when it is dark outside and some are trying to sleep!

The BBC2 judges are all rather stern art critics, Charlotte Mullins, David Lee and Roy Bolton are all well known and don't pull their punches when it comes to criticism. At stake was a chance to exhibit in the Royal College of Art.

Jean was the most senior contestant and held firm against any criticism raised; in fact, the judges were all (yes, even David Lee!) admiring of Jeans work, David saying that she deserved to be far better known.

The final judgment was that Jeans work was Illustration, rather than “fine art”; a mute point perhaps as any art requires the hand and eye of an artist. That they admired Jean and her painting was plain to see.

Jean was quite happy with her performance and enjoyed taking part she said “I found it very interesting and informative and thoroughly enjoyed the day. I understand the judges point of view but naturally, I don't quite agree!”

Jean has been flooded with enquiries for the sale of Thimble Manor (below), which is currently up for auction amongst enquirers. Giclee prints of the painting are also available.

Thimble Manor