The Things People Say

People don’t readily say what they mean. Of course, face to face we are all very polite. Confronted by the artist with their work beside them, invariably very few of us would deem it fit to express a dislike or, worse still, shrug ambivalence. We hear a lot about the ills of social media and…

Painting A Space

‘Be Free’ (Oil, Acrylic & Mixed Media) 2019 Giles has recently been commissioned to create a bespoke piece for a converted fisherman’s cellars on the Lizard in Cornwall. Measuring two metres in length ‘Be Free’ creates a dramatic link between the cellars and the sea just metres from the cliff edge that the building overlooks. The space…

“Made Me Smile”

This is why I love doing what I do. It’s a privilege to be able to create something that someone wants to put on their wall and look at each day. These are just few wonderful comments people have been kind enough to pass on: “Thank you again for your lovely work which will take…

Inspiring Fish

The mackerel scad, or opelu, is a fish out of fashion in the UK. Traditionally used more as a bait fish, to catch larger fish such as marlin and tuna, it is a common tropical fish found around the world in huge schools either inshore or in the open ocean. In Hawaii this fish was…

New Art Print for 2019

For 2019 Giles Ward has launched a new print. ‘The Catch’ is a busy playful painting featuring tiny silver sprats. Magnified to a supernatural size these beautiful little fish dance higgledy-piggledy across the canvas. Set against a stark background of deep turquoise, evocative of the rich colours of the Devon sea, the shining silvers and…

The Art of Being Social

It may be tempting to shy away from the trend for all things ‘social’ online, but for artists it is a rapidly growing way of getting their work noticed. Giles is a keen advocate of the online world, especially the social media platform Instagram. “I used it very early in my development as a painter…

Making A Room

The right picture in the right location can make any space suddenly come alive. Using large format canvases and bold, colourful imagery can turn a sober room into an engaging and warm environment. The work of painter Giles Ward has been utilised to great effect to bring warmth, colour and humour to walls. His work…

Picture the Algarve

The Algarve has long been a rich source of inspiration for artists. The stark white light and succulent colours offering a stunning vibrancy – from the over-flowing market stall with its eclectic variety of foods, bustling village squares, full beaches and, of course, clear blue sea. So, it is no surprise that Giles Ward’s paintings…

In Praise of Independent Galleries

We are very lucky in this country to have many wonderful independent galleries all supporting and promoting our artists. Giles currently exhibits in a a number of these throughout the South and South West. Running an independent commercial art gallery is a true labour of love. It takes passion, patience and a great eye. Art…

Popular Original Works Now Available

Two popular Giles Ward paintings are available again for sale. Until recently both have been part of an exhibition of works at South Sands Hotel and Restaurant near Salcombe. ‘Rainbow Trout’ is a popular selling art print and acrylic print published by Whistlefish Galleries in Cornwall, whilst ‘South Devon Lobster’ is published as a strictly limited…

A Matter of Scale

The Summer months are busy for Giles both in the studio – and out. Dry weather and clear light offer the opportunity to create larger works that demand outside space and good weather to be able to develop. One larger piece ‘Sea Bream Head’ measuring over 1 metre square grew from a base of house…