Artist: Tony Giles
Born in Somerset 1925, and educated at Huish's Grammar School, Taunton, Tony Giles worked for a long while as a cartographic draughtsman with the Admiralty, and later in the planning departments of both Somerset and Cornwall county councils.
Not surprisingly, evidence of his almost architectural drawing skills can be seen in some of the works . One who first visited Cornwall when very young, spending school holidays in the county with his father who was an engine driver with the Great Western Railway, he came to settle in St Agnes in 1959. A member of and frequent exhibitor with the Penwith Society of Arts in St Ives and the Newlyn Society of Artists, he also exhibited often in the summer shows at the Royal Academy, and his works now form part of a number of collections from that of Kettle's Yard to Camden Public Library.
It has been said that there is conflict and torment in his compositions, even signs of an inner struggle as if the paintings have not come easily but have had to be ripped from his very being with each brush stroke or pencilled line being torn from him as if reluctant to depart.There is passion in his paintings, he tilts his horizons, devises crazy patterns and comes up with highly individual , off-beat compositions that may be occasionally difficult to read but are always rewarding.
Whatever he does, whether looking at the harbour at Porthleven or at the Wheal Bassett mine, Tony Giles understanding of and sympathy for Cornwall is paramount in all his pictures. Elements of abstraction mix happily with figuration, and while there may be an explosive undercurrent of drama, even impending violence, in them, there is also harmony.
Tony Giles Died 1994