Warwick Gilbert has had a varied career as a musician in the bands Radio Birdman, The Hitmen, The Raouls and as guitar accompanist for the last twenty years with singer wife Julie Mostyn of The Flaming Hands as a jazz/blues duo. In 2007, Radio Birdman were inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame.
From 1968 to 2006 he worked as a animator/director/storyboard artist for Walt Disney, Hanna-Barbera and Burbank Films. In 2007 he retired from animation and moved to the NSW north coast to concentrate on painting.
His portrait of Cold Chisel’s Don Walker was chosen as a finalist for the 2013 Archibald Portrait Prize.
Gilbert’s poster art is an acknowledged part of Australia’s Rock’n’Roll History and appears in Starman Books three volume Rockin Australia compendium of Australian poster art. He is currently writing and illustrating a memoir of his time in Radio Birdman ’75 – ’78 which will be published by Starman Books late 2018.
Gilbert describes his paintings as “an emotional response to my experiences, memories and people I’ve known, and the work itself fueled by an often satirical approach, reflecting a certain humour and my long standing love of art and music”.