Kate Giles’ Contemporary Impressionist landscape paintings capture her spontaneous, expressive brushstrokes and convey an intimate understanding of the transient and often volatile struggles of colour, light and form she sees before her - provoking a rich dichotomy between actual time and memory and the resonant tensions she feels as an artist between seeing, feeling and creating an image.
Raised in Norfolk and along the Cumbria/Yorkshire borders, Giles originally studied English at Oxford University before training at Camberwell and Falmouth Schools of Art. She has consistently exhibited in the UK and abroad throughout her thirty-year career, including The Royal Academy and the Salisbury Museum’s ‘Constable in Context’ show (September 2016 – March 2017), where her work was hung alongside John Constable RA (1776-1837) and JMW Turner RA (1775-1851), Dennis Creffield (1931-) and Leon Kossoff (1926-) as part of Tate’s Aspire Programme. Commissions, residencies and resulting shows have included 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 also found in numerous public and private collections both internationally and in the UK, including the Britten Pears Foundation, Aviva and Banco Sabadell.