Ginger Gilmour

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Ginger Gilmour
Born Virginia Hasenbein
(1949-01-19) 19 January 1949 (age 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Residence Yapton, West Sussex, England
Nationality American
Occupation Sculptor
Spouse(s) David Gilmour (1975-1990; divorced); 4 children

Ginger Gilmour (born Virginia Hasenbein; 19 January 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American artist, sculptor, author[1] and former model.[2] and the first wife of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Since their marriage, she has lived in England.

Personal life[edit]

From 1962–66, she studied at Wayne High School, Wayne, Michigan, and graduated Cum Laude.[3] She then undertook a two-year foundation course in Chemical Engineering and Art at Michigan State University.[3]

She met David Gilmour in Ann Arbor, Michigan in October 1971, while accompanying her then boyfriend backstage at a Pink Floyd concert.[4] She described their meeting as "love at first sight"[4] and they married on 7 July 1975[1][4] with the wedding reception held at Abbey Road Studios. The couple had four children:[4] Alice (born 1976), Clare (born 1979), Sara (born 1983, a fashion stylist[5]), and Matthew (born 1986). The children originally attended a Waldorf School.[6]

Ginger is depicted on the inner sleeve of his 1978 eponymous first solo album. They separated during Pink Floyd's 1987-89 world tour and subsequently divorced.[citation needed]

She published a book about her life with David Gilmour, Memoirs of the Bright Side of The Moon, in 2015.


Gilmour studied for eight years with the English artist Cecil Collins.[1] She now works from her 15th-century farmhouse[4] near Yapton, West Sussex,[7] where she has created several studios.[4] A recurring theme in her work is angels.[4] She also teaches art,[4] and a form of esoteric healing called 'Mental Colour Healing'.

Her work has been exhibited in a number of galleries and other venues,[8] including[8] Mall Galleries, London, Arundel Castle and the German Embassy in London. She worked in partnership with California-based artists Dana Lynne Anderson and Annie Harrison under the 'Renowned Artist' brand.[9]

She has been commissioned to produce work for gardens at the Hampton Court Flower Show and BBC Gardeners' World.[8][10] and has illustrated books by Phil Murray.[8]

As of July 2011, her 11-foot sculpture inspired by the Olympic Games is installed at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.[11]

She is a member of the Society of Women Artists.[4] In June 2007, she received a British Red Cross Award for 'Services to Humanity'.[8][12]

She provided a painting on a Carparelli Acoustic Bass guitar for War Child, which was auctioned off alongside 15 others including one from Iggy Pop.[citation needed]


  • —— (2015). Memoirs of the Bright Side of The Moon. Angelscript International LLP. ISBN 978-0-9933023-0-5. 

Books illustrated by Gilmour:

  • Murray, Phil (1 August 1994). Before the Beginning is a Thought: True Basics of Real Success Through Natural Philosophy. Perfect Words & Music Ltd. ISBN 978-1-898716-10-5. 


  1. ^ a b c Gilmour, Ginger. "Ginger Art". Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ginger Gilmour Model Shot (1969)". Neptune Pink Floyd. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Ginger Gilmour Sculptor details". ArtParkS Sculpture Park. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Shewry, Brian (19 August 2004). "Ginger's quest is where angels are always pleased to tread". Littlehampton Gazette: 31–32. 
  5. ^ "Sara Gilmour". Neptune Pink Floyd. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Daily Telegraph Article: "We Don't Need No Steiner Education"". Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Sculpture attack casts shadow over arts festival". West Sussex Gazette (7896). 23 August 2006. 
  8. ^ a b c d e Gilmour, Ginger. "Ginger Art – retrospective". Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "International Artists Herald A New Renaissance". 26 October 2006. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wild Plants Steal the show". Plantlife. June 2006. 
  11. ^ "The Sky is the Limit at Heathrow Expo". BAA. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Certificate". Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

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