Lesley Giles is an internationally collected artist from England. She lived and painted in London most of her life until she moved to Florida in 2003 with her American husband to follow his career. They re-located north to Cambridge in 2012 where they are near to Washington, DC and Baltimore, yet continue to be surrounded by water. Lesley paints in her studio overlooking the beautiful Choptank River.
Lesley brings a depth and an unusual vision to her paintings, which are inspired by her “Journeys”. She works with traditional media to focus on contemporary issues like the effect of urban development on our landscapes and how the “ordinary” prevails. Recent series include “Eastern Shore – History Reflected through the Puddles of Time” and “Acid Sky Washing Lines,” an exploration of the coast around Dungeness in England. She continues to be fascinated by water and fabrics in the landscape like washing lines floating in the wind or tarps binding unknown objects. Her style is formalized and post-cubist. Important influences are Edward Hopper, Georges Braque, John Sel Cotman and fellow alumnus David Hockney.
A graduate of Goldsmiths’ College, BFA, and the Royal College of Art, MFA, London, Lesley has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums in the UK, Europe, USA and also in China following a Visiting Painter invitation to Urumqi, Xinjiang in 1996. Lesley has had solo shows in London, Florida, France and China. Her work has been published by Harper Collins in “Watercolour Masterclass” and “The Challenge of Landscape” as well as being featured in several magazines. Lesley’s paintings are collected all over the world. They can be found in private and museum collections in the United Kingdom, the United States, France, China and Australia.
Lesley is currently represented locally in Maryland by Main Street Gallery, Cambridge and Cottage Studio Gallery, Easton. A large retrospective of her work will be hanging at Out of the Fire restaurant, Easton, through the end of 2014. Titled “Deserted Landscapes – from Dungeness to the Eastern Shore,” it highlights the similarities between two landscapes that share a common mood, although they are three thousand miles apart geographically.
Lesley is currently represented locally in Maryland by Main Street Gallery, Cambridge and West Annapolis Artworks.
What the Critics say:
Ryan Grover, Curator, Biggs Museum of American Art, Delaware, 2014 -- “Lesley Giles blurs the line between traditional notions of landscape and 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, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, 2009 -- “...bold minimalist landscapes...”
Andrew Lambirth, Art Writer, 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...”
A full Curriculum Vitae is available on Lesley’s website.
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