ABOUT Bio & Bibliography
ME: My experience as an artist started in early adolescence when I became a pseudo hippy. I was heavily influenced by psychedelic bands like Pink Floyd as well as 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 & spent most of my time drawing. I applied to Goldsmiths' College of Art, London, where I had an amazing four years, with other young artists, learning to paint as well as meeting established artists.
I won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, where I met international artists like Motherwell & Matta! My tutor was the great British artist Ken Kiff. After graduating from a 3 year MFA Painting course I lived & worked in London exhibiting extensively.
In 1996 I travelled to Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, for three months to teach watercolour painting at Xinjiang Art College. I was sent on a special trip with my students to Chinghe in the Altai Mountains, an area closed to tourists at that time. In 2003, my American husband’s work moved us to Ormond Beach, Florida, quite a SHOCK! It wasn’t city life, but I did experience the beauty of the tropics. We re-located in 2012 to the Eastern Shore, Maryland, in spitting distance of DC, Philly and NYC. I work in my studio by the Choptank River.
MY ART: I am fascinated by the poetic, solitary beauty of the world around us. Water, derelict huts, floating osprey. My style is formalized, I love stripes. 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.
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 Joseph Ruzicka
"Around the Water's Edge" 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
1990 The Challenge of Landscape Ian Simpson
2014 - Publicity - Main St Gallery, Artist Cooperative
2012-14 Coordinating Artist - Artist Loft Studios
2012 Moved to Maryland
2009 Tournament Artist - LSO Golf Florida
2008 Coordinating Artist - White Studios
Daytona Beach, Florida
2005 Visiting Artist - Ormond Beach Art Museum
Ormond Beach, Florida
2003 Moved to Florida
1999-03 Production & Reviews - Galleries Magazine
1999 Tournament Artist - Ladies European
Golf Tour, London
1998-99 Artist-in-Residence - Kensington & Chelsea
1996 Visiting Artist - Xinjiang Arts Institute
1995-9 Film Festival Coordinator - Royal College
of Art (Animation), London
1977-80 Royal College of Art London (MFA)
1972-76 Goldsmiths College of Art London (BFA)
1999 Kensington & Chelsea College London
Adult Teacher's Cert)
Born in Bristol, England
2013 Attraction Magazine Easton Maryland.
"Artist Loft Studios"
Dorchester Star Cambridge Maryland.
"Artist Loft Studios" - May issue
2010 Daytona Beach News-Journal Florida.
"Women Dream Up Art" Rick de Yampart - Nov
Orlando Magazine Florida.
"Paint the Town" - March issue
2009 Atlantic Center for the Arts New Smyrna Bch
Sarah Higgins Curator
2008 The Compass St Augustine Florida.
"Lesley Giles at Butterfield Garage Art Gallery"
Carol Elliott - Sep issue
Daytona Beach News-Journal Florida.
"Realtors Draw on Artists" Audrey Parente
2006 StandardartNews Bulgaria
"Lesley Giles - Contemporary Artist" Todor Tragmar
2005 Atlantic Center for the Arts New Smyrna Bch
"Florida Icons:US1" Jeanne Dowis, Curator
1992 Ealing & Acton Gazette London
"Art Means Business" Wendy Richmond
1991 Sunday Times London
"Confusing Signs of Our Times" Andrew Lambirth
1981 Kensington News & Post London
"Local Artists Go Underground" Jan issue
Ryan Grover, Curator, May 2014
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, Art Editor, 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"
PS. We LOST all our worldly goods during our Trans Atlantic move! That included all my paintings (that were unsold) as well as portfolios of hundreds of works on paper. It felt like a bereavement; I had to literally rebuild my career as an artist. I felt like I was in the desert for many years with no mature body of work to exhibit. My gallery in London closed when the owner retired so I had to literally start from scratch, including having to buy all new paints and brushes.
A decade later, we heard from an art dealer in Miami that our "stuff" had somehow re-emerged after being "LOST" via New York! Following a series of nasty meetings, a dozen boxes of our personal belongings were returned to us along with my paintings & portfolios, many of which had been damaged in Miami during Hurricane Wilma.
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