LIZA GILES (b 1971)
“My works are driven by an impetus to ‘switch off’ and re-engage with our instinct. I want my art to speak honestly to its observer in a pure and simple way. My work is essentially about how it makes you feel.” – Liza Giles
British artist Liza Giles’s paintings communicate directly through the use of colour, shape, composition and scale. The abstract, elemental forms found in her large-scale paintings developed from making smaller collages using found scraps and painted cut-outs. Set across multiple raw canvas panels, Giles intuitively reconfigures the paintings to produce new shapes and unexpected compositions.
Working flat to control the movement of the paint, Giles’s works are characterised by an interplay between expressive feathered marks and formal hard-edge lines. Drawing inspiration from the architectural landscapes of London, where she lives and works, the paintings are imbued with a sense of light and space, as well as the immensity and solidity of the city’s skyline.
Giles graduated with a BA Hons in Printed Textiles from Liverpool John Moores University in 1994. She began working as a textile designer before pursuing an 18-year career as an art director, working on interior photo shoots around the world. Now represented by the gallery, Giles first exhibited at Flowers Gallery in the exhibition Hidden UK, Hidden Ireland, curated by Sean Scully in the summer of 2022.