Ramsay Gibb was born in Irvine, Ayrshire in 1965. His early years were spent on the coast near Troon. Later his family moved to Lancashire, where he studied first at Bolton and then at the University of Brighton. Whilst living on the Sussex coast he started painting subjects in the landscape around the rivers Adur, Ouse and Cuckmere. In 1998 he moved to East Anglia, drawn to the region’s rich archaeology, in particular the slowly moving rivers, coastline and woodlands of Norfolk and Suffolk.
In recent years he has returned to exploring the place which was the earliest inspiration to him, the coast, particularly drawn to islands and the sea. Fuelled by a growing fascination for the North he has travelled and painted Shetland, the Hebrides, Finland, Norway, The Lofoten Islands, The Faeroes, Greenland and Russia. A result of exploring the historical dimension of the landscape of the British Isles was his 2011 exhibition “A first avowed intent: On pilgrim roads from Iona toSt. David’s. Since early 2012 he worked within the broad area of early Northumbria, developing this theme further in following the old routes taken by pilgrims and holy men in this region’s golden age. The resulting paintings “The Pilgrim Coast” were shown in Northumberland in two separate locations as part of the region’s celebration of the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Durham.
Ramsay Gibb now lives in the Forest of Bowland.