Terence Gilbert was born in London in 1946. He began his artistic training at Camberwell Art School and afterwards used to frequent the National Gallery (where his father worked) studying the techniques of the old masters.
After a period working as a freelance illustrator in Britain, Europe and America, he decided in 1976 to paint for galleries full-time. Among the better-known commissions he has undertaken are a portrait of Her Majesty The Queen and President Reagan riding at Windsor, which was presented to the President in The White House, and of King Hussein of Jordan at Sandhurst – a gift from Mrs. Thatcher on his birthday in 1985.
He has a wide-ranging interest in sport and has painted many sporting heroes such as Damon Hill, John Daly, Stefan Edberg, Frankie Dettori and Sir Peter O’Sullvan. He also paints actors adn musicians as , for example, Charlton Heston and Ronnie Scott.