Gilbert & George met at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London and soon moved to live and create together in Spitalfields, East End of London. Gilbert was born in San Martino in Badia, 1943, Gilbert was born in Plymouth, 1942, Great Britain.
‘Art for all’: this slogan, used since the beginning of their artistic and life partnership, best summarizes the logic that underlies the artistic activity of Gilbert & George. The final goal of their art has been, since the very beginning, to create a strongly communicative and thought-provoking art, which aims to overcome the traditional barriers between art and life, and to analyse in depth the human condition. The artistic representation must not exclude any aspect of the human condition and must necessarily have an educational function, the reason why a personal commitment on behalf of an artist is a necessary condition for art. At the beginning of the seventies, Gilbert & George’s art consisted of small black and white images, set up according to figurative schemes. In the mid-seventies they adopted the orthogonal grid scheme in their pictorial compositions. After the black and white period and one in which they used red exclusively, from the eighties Gilbert & George opened to colour and at the same time increased the size of their pictures, which gradually grew into huge image frescoes, consisting of multiple panels assembled to make one final image.