ABOUT Bio & Bibliography
ME: My experience as an artist started in early adolescence when I became a pseudo hippy. Heavily influenced by psychedelic bands like Pink Floyd, the French existentialist writers and anything Avant-Garde in the London art galleries I joined an evening nude life-drawing class when I was 16.
As a professional artist, living and working in London, and exhibiting extensively, it was a big shock when my American husband’s work moved us to Ormond Beach, Florida in 2003! It wasn’t city life, but I did experience the beauty of the tropics. Missing the art galleries and concert halls, we re-located in 2012 to the Eastern Shore, Maryland, in spitting distance of DC, Philly and NYC. I work in my downtown studio overlooking the Choptank River.
MY ART: I am fascinated by derelict huts, gas stations, water and floating fabrics. My style is formalized and post-cubist. I work with traditional media to focus on contemporary issues like the effect that urban development can have on our landscape and how the “ordinary” prevails. Important influences are Hopper and fellow alumnus Hockney. My architectural landscape paintings are inspired by my “Journeys”.
WORK IN PUBLIC & CELEBRITY COLLECTIONS
Xinjiang Art College Urumqi China
Gunnersbury Park Museum London
Camden Council London
Landmark Business Centre at the Royal Mint London
Silver Vaults London
Royal College of Art
Laura Davies (CBE) UK
Tim Heidecker, entertainer, Los Angeles
Bo Van Pelt, professional golfer, Oklahoma
Prestwick Golf Club Ormond Beach Florida
ICI Homes Florida
Apremont Golf Club Paris
Brocket Hall Golf Club UK
2016 FINE ART CONNOISSEUR magazine "Around the Water's Edge" by Joseph Ruzicka May/June issue
2015 Love Sayings Bradford G. Wheler (pub: Book Collaborative)
2013 Golf Sayings Bradford G. Wheler (pub: Book Collaborative)
2002 Artist & Illustrators Magazine London
"Travelling for Inspiration"
1993 Watercolour Masterclass Lawrence Wood
Guardian Magazine London "Art for Sale"
British Contemporary Art Vanessa Finn (Exhibition catalogue)
(pub: Gagliardi Ltd)
1990 The Subjective City London Oliver Bevan (Exhibition catalogue)
1990 The Challenge of Landscape Ian Simpson
2014 - Publicity - Main St Gallery, Artist Cooperative, Cambridge, Md.
2012-14 Coordinating Artist - Artist Loft Studios, Cambridge, Md.
2012 Moved to Maryland
2009 Tournament Artist - LSO Golf Florida Residency
2008 Coordinating Artist - White Studios, Daytona Beach, Florida
2005 Visiting Artist - Ormond Beach Art Museum, Florida
2003 Moved to Florida
1999- 03 Production & Reviews - Galleries Magazine, London
1999 Tournament Artist - Ladies European Golf Tour, London
1998-99 Artist-in-Residence - Kensington & Chelsea College, London
1996 Visiting Artist - Xinjiang Arts Institute, Urumqi, China
1995-9 Film Festival Coordinator - Royal College of Art (Animation), London
1977-80 Royal College of Art London (MFA: First Class)
1972-76 Goldsmiths College of Art London (BFA: First Class Hons)
1999 Kensington & Chelsea College London (Adult Teacher's Cert)
Born in Bristol, England
2013 Attraction Magazine Easton Maryland. "Artist Loft Studios"
Dorchester Star Cambridge Md. "Artist Loft Studios" - May issue
2010 Daytona Beach News-Journal Florida. "Women Dream Up Art"
Rick de Yampart - November issue
Orlando Magazine Florida. "Paint the Town" - March issue
2009 Atlantic Center for the Arts New Smyrna Beach Sarah Higgins
2008 The Compass St Augustine Florida. "Lesley Giles at Butterfield
Garage Art Gallery" Carol Elliott - September issue
Daytona Beach News-Journal Florida. "Realtors Draw on Artists"
2006 StandardartNews Bulgaria "Lesley Giles - Contemporary Artist"
2005 Atlantic Center for the Arts New Smyrna Beach "Florida Icons:US1"
Jeanne Dowis, Curator
1992 Ealing & Acton Gazette London "Art Means Business" Wendy Richmond
1991 London Sunday Times "Confusing Signs of Our Times" Andrew Lambirth
1981 Kensington News & Post London "Local Artists Go Underground"
Ryan Grover, Curator, Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware
"Lesley blurs the line between traditional notions of landscape & graphic arts. Like Pop Artists of a generation earlier, Giles elevates product logos and common goods as the subjects of fine art. Giles's exaggerated colors and stylized patterns, as seen in her striped skies, separate her from earlier artists"
Sarah Higgins, Curator, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, 2009 "............bold minimalist landscapes"
Andrew Lambirth, Critic, Spectator Magazine, London, 2006
"The boldness of her colour is matched by a strength of design that is all too rare in contemporary art. Here is an artist with a down-to-earth sureness of vision that is immensely beguiling"
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