Mark Gilbert: Portraits in Health Care
Since the 1990s, Scottish-born, artist and researcher Mark Gilbert has innovated portraiture. Depicting caregivers’ and patients’ stories and experiences of illness and recovery within clinical, studio, and domestic settings, each portrait expresses intimate collaborations between artist and sitter. Gilbert’s methods prioritize values of mutuality, reciprocity, and trust. His artistic processes express the importance of compassionate engagement, a key feature of his arts-based research into portraiture’s clinical, ethical, and aesthetic applications.