19 January 1949
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Residence||Yapton, West Sussex, England|
|Spouse(s)||David Gilmour (1975–1990; divorced); 4 children|
Ginger Gilmour (born Virginia Hasenbein; 19 January 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American artist, sculptor, author, former model, and the first wife of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Since their marriage in 1975 and divorce in 1990, she has lived in England.
From 1962–66, Hasenbein studied at Wayne High School, Wayne, Michigan, and graduated Cum Laude. She then undertook a two-year foundation course in chemical engineering and art at Michigan State University.
Hasenbein met David Gilmour in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in October 1971, while accompanying her then boyfriend backstage at a Pink Floyd concert. She described their meeting as "love at first sight", and they married on 7 July 1975 with the wedding reception held at Abbey Road Studios. The couple had four children: Alice (born 1976), Clare (born 1979), Sara (born 1983, a fashion stylist), and Matthew (born 1986). The children originally attended a Waldorf School.
Ginger is depicted on the inner sleeve of David's 1978 eponymous first solo album. They separated during Pink Floyd's 1987–89 world tour and subsequently divorced. She published a book about her life with him, Memoirs of the Bright Side of The Moon, in 2015.
Gilmour studied for eight years with the English artist Cecil Collins. She now works from her 15th-century farmhouse near Yapton, West Sussex, where she has created several studios. A recurring theme in her work is angels. She also teaches art and a form of esoteric healing called 'Mental Colour Healing'. Her work has been exhibited in a number of galleries and other venues, including 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. She has been commissioned to produce work for gardens at the Hampton Court Flower Show and BBC Gardeners' World and has illustrated books by Phil Murray. As of July 2011, her 11-foot sculpture inspired by the Olympic Games is installed at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.
Gilmour is a member of the Society of Women Artists. In June 2007, she received a British Red Cross Award for 'Services to Humanity'. 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.
- —— (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.
- Gilmour, Ginger. "Ginger Art". Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Ginger Gilmour Model Shot (1969)". Neptune Pink Floyd. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Ginger Gilmour Sculptor details". ArtParkS Sculpture Park. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- Shewry, Brian (19 August 2004). "Ginger's quest is where angels are always pleased to tread". Littlehampton Gazette: 31–32.
- "Sara Gilmour". Neptune Pink Floyd. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Daily Telegraph Article: "We Don't Need No Steiner Education"". Waldorfcritics.org. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2009.
- "Sculpture attack casts shadow over arts festival". West Sussex Gazette (7896). 23 August 2006.
- Gilmour, Ginger. "Ginger Art – retrospective". Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "International Artists Herald A New Renaissance". 26 October 2006. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- "Wild Plants Steal the show". Plantlife. June 2006.
- "The Sky is the Limit at Heathrow Expo". BAA. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
- "Certificate". Retrieved 15 July 2011.