ROBIN TRENBATH / 2019
In 2019, Gillie was commissioned by Phil Trenbath to do a likeness of his son, Robin. Having graduated from Oxford University, Robin was set to take up a new post, some 5,000 miles away In Columbia, in South America. Over the week and a half before Robin returned to Bogota, Gillie managed to organise four personal sittings, resulting in the sculpture below. Delighted with the result, the bust has prominence in Phil's home, so that he doesn't miss his son quite as much as he would otherwise. I was so pleased to find such a tremendously talented and creative person nearby. Gillie has succeeded in capturing the essence of Robin in a process that was, not only thoroughly enjoyable to him, but has also resulted in a piece that brings me pleasure every day”.