FROM OCEAN TO CANVAS!
What is it that draws you to marine life?
I find marine life, and the natural world in general, a great source of inspiration. I am drawn to looking at nature in minute detail – the complexity of pattern, colour and shape. I think it may be a childhood thing; peering very closely at tiny crabs at the bottom of a rock-pool! There are big worlds in small things.
Do you have a favourite seafood to paint…and to eat?
I love eating seafood – but that is not necessarily the inspiration. It is all about the look. Some of the tastiest fish might not be the best to illustrate. Having said that, anything with pincers, claws and legs are a constant source of wonder both to paint and to eat.
Giles does a fantastic job building collaborations with his artwork. Working with the NHS as well as the Fisherman’s Mission to help raise funds, he is also currently involved with a chef, consolidating the relationship between his artistic expressions and the kitchen:
I am working with one of the country’s foremost seafood chefs at the moment and it’s been wonderful having conversations about how we bring what he is preparing on the plate and what I am doing on canvas together.
Are you the cook in the house?
No! But my wife is a fantastic cook, so I’m very spoilt. Although I don’t mind dressing crab or lobster – part of the fun of eating shellfish.
THE CREATIVE SETTING
Artists treasure their studios as a place of expression, though the inspiration for their work often comes from outside the studio. Giles sources his subject fresh from the market to ensure they are as near to life as possible for study and representation.
Do you feel the need to observe your subjects in their natural habitat?
Not necessarily, but I do like to work with them from life where I can. Some fish, and marine life are less easy to source, but any that I can I will buy and photograph myself. That helps me really explore and ‘look’ at the colours and shapes. And then eat afterwards!
The inherently edible subject matter of Giles’ paintings, in addition to the glorious detail of colour and form, mean the artworks lend themselves to the kitchen setting.
Where do clients tend to hang your paintings?
I’m delighted if they hang them anywhere! Certainly, kitchens seem to be a popular space for my pictures, but then a lot of homes are now about open kitchen, dining, entertainment space and that seems to work well. Studies and home offices are popular too. Maybe my subjects help bring a little bit of nature into the home and remind people of the sea and childhood. Back to the simple things.
How is your work received in restaurants?
My subjects seem to naturally lend themselves to a restaurant environment. I hope they also bring colour to the walls, and maybe even a little humour.
It is easy to see how Giles has fallen in love with painting his fishy friends with all the variation of colour and texture they offer as a still life subject.
To find out more visit his page at Forest Gallery Fine Art.