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Lesley Giles

Lesley Giles

Artist Work

Venetian Breeze
oil on canvas
30x40ins
Hoopers Island - Washing Line
oil on canvas
16x20ins
Venetian Shade
oil on canvas
30x40ins
Hoopers Island - Solitaire
oil on canvas
16x20ins

Artist Information

County
Dorchester County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I was born in Bristol, England. A graduate of the Royal College of Art (MFA), & Goldsmiths’ College (BFA), I lived & worked in London most of my life until I moved (with my American husband) to Florida in 2003 then to Cambridge, Maryland in 2012. My paintings are inspired by my “Journeys” and I work with traditional media to focus on contemporary issues like the effect that urban development can have on our landscape. My style is formalised & post-cubist. I began my Tarps & Washing Lines series in the 70’s in Dungeness Kent where I painted the beautiful wild blue delphiniums that grow along the edge of the nuclear power plant & the washing that floats in the breeze illustrating the presence of the breath of nature. In Central Florida that breath became a howl when, in 2004, THREE hurricanes crossed the state creating a chaos that resulted in a sea of blue tarp roofs. Along the beaches of Florida where urban development is rampant I painted all those forgotten places on the edge of town like gas stations & motley structures dumped along the edge of the ocean. Although the subjects are not pretty I bathe them in color & light juxtaposed against nature so the paintings glow – Acid Sky. I am currently working on a new series “Floating Fabrics; Venice and Dubai”.