Kate Giles is a contemporary artist whose work for many years has focused on a keen and intimate vision of the landscape of her native East Anglia. She now lives and works in Norfolk.
Whether in oil on linen or board, the paint describes a bold, active and revised expressionist dialogue between the locality closely examined in space, place and time and how it is deployed to challenge the actuality of the surface, or facture, of the work itself.
Varying densities of paint are contrasted, undercut and interplay simultaneously with the colour and texture of the background support.This alternates in coming to the fore, sometimes picked up and echoed elsewhere in corresponding paint colour, acting as a spatial counterpoint between surface and depth:an engagement with process itself.This ongoing negotiation with the mobility and layering of surface reflects, in its turn, the focus on the restless light, shadows, angles of seasonal flux.
Kate read English at Oxford and then trained at Camberwell and Falmouth Schools of Art.
She has exhibited consistently since the 1990's in London and in East Anglia, and internationally. Notable solo and group exhibitions include a solo show as the Festival Artist at the 63rd Aldeburgh Festival of Arts and Music in 2010, the Royal Academy Summer Show 2011, and the Salisbury Museum’s ‘Constable in Context’ show 2016 – 2017 where her work was hung alongside that of John Constable, JMW Turner, Dennis Creffield, and Leon Kossoff, as part of the Tate’s Aspire Programme. Kate had a solo exhibition at The Maltings Gallery in Snape, Suffolk earlier in 2020.
Kate has undertaken a number of commissions and residencies including time spent working on location at The National Theatre, The Whitechapel Bell Foundry, Slaughden Boatyard, Aldeburgh and Kazan Cathedral, St Petersburgh.
Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections both internationally and in the UK, including the Britten Pears Foundation, Aviva and Banco Sabadell.
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