Giles blends magazine cuttings to create believable landscapes, which reveal hidden gems close up
Giles creates landscapes entirely from recycled magazine cuttings. Working mainly from his own photos, he starts with a loose sketch, then blends the magazine fragments into a landscape, often in an ironic and playful way. The inherent wealth of patterns and textures, are used to represent landscape features at a different scale and in a different context. The results reveal spontaneous, playful surrealism, yet retain the richness and detail of a photograph.
Giles is inspired by the effects of different light conditions on a landscape and particularly enjoys the Peak District, and the mountains and coasts of Wales. He enjoys working on commissions, and sells Giclee prints, and cards of his work. Currently, Giles is finding fresh inspiration working en plein air – as long as the wind isn’t blowing too hard!
Giles is a member of Peak District Artisans, with whom he has exhibited for the last seven years. He also appeared in two series of the BBC One programme: ‘Home is where the art is’. He has also exhibited at the Manchester Art Fair with the Twenty20 Collective, and in 2022 his piece ‘No Pleasure Cruise’ was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.