David Giles

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Biography

With 20 art awards and more than 40 solo exhibitions to his name, David Giles has been exhibiting since 1994 and has shown in New York, Paris, Singapore, UK, Bali and throughout Australia. He has received a number of grants, undertaken several residencies and published numerous books about his art. The ABC recently showed a documentary about his artistic career "How Art Changed My Life". In 2014 he was selected as a finalist for the prestigious $25,000 Mandorla Art Award and was also selected as a finalist for the Lethbridge 10000 Art Award in Brisbane. He is owner manager of the David Giles Art Gallery in Fremantle and is the founder of the Freedom School of Painting. He has mentored many artists and has been curator of numerous art awards. He was recently appointed as an ambassador for the Disability Services Commission to promote inclusion in the arts.

Solo Exhibitions

2014
New Paintings David Giles Art Gallery Fremantle

New Paintings David Giles Art Gallery Fremantle

2013
Cosmos David Giles Art Gallery Fremantle

Cosmos David Giles Art Gallery Fremantle

2012
Flight to Paris David Giles Art Gallery Fremantle

Flight to Paris David Giles Art Gallery Fremantle

2011
Cloudscapes 2 Elements Gallery Dalkeith

Cloudscapes 2 Elements Gallery Dalkeith

2010
Cloudscapes Atwell Gallery Alfred Cove

Cloudscapes Atwell Gallery Alfred Cove

2009
Mystic Waters Heathcote Art Studios, Applecross

Mystic Waters Heathcote Art Studios, Applecross

2008
Drinking the Sweetness Elements Gallery Subiaco

Drinking the Sweetness Elements Gallery Subiaco

2007
Deep Waters Freight Gallery, East Fremantle

Deep Waters Freight Gallery, East Fremantle

2006
Self Revelation Sheraton Hotel, Perth

Self Revelation Sheraton Hotel, Perth

2006
Colour Meditations Monart Gallery, Dalkeith

Colour Meditations Monart Gallery, Dalkeith

2006
Primordial Gallery 307 Sydney

Primordial Gallery 307 Sydney

2005
New Offerings Hues Gallery Sydney

New Offerings Hues Gallery Sydney

2004
Vast Span Gallery, Melbourne

Vast Span Gallery, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions

2014
Mandorla Art Award Linton and Kay Gallery Perth

Mandorla Art Award Linton and Kay Gallery Perth

2014
Lethbridge 10000 Art Award Lethbridge Gallery Brisbane

Lethbridge 10000 Art Award Lethbridge Gallery Brisbane

2012
Imagination Gallerie Du Colombier Paris

Imagination Gallerie Du Colombier Paris

2012
Presence Elements Gallery Dalkeith

Presence Elements Gallery Dalkeith

2012
Artists from the Freedom School Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery Fremantle

Artists from the Freedom School Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery Fremantle

2009
The Three Daves Perth Town Hall Perth

The Three Daves Perth Town Hall Perth

2009
Destinazione Oz Land Momentous Arts Singapore

Destinazione Oz Land Momentous Arts Singapore

2008
Colours of Life Moores Buiilding Contemporary Art Gallery Fremantle

Colours of Life Moores Buiilding Contemporary Art Gallery Fremantle

2006
McKay Milunovic and Giles Elements Gallery Subiaco

McKay Milunovic and Giles Elements Gallery Subiaco

2005
Melbourne Art Show Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne

Melbourne Art Show Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne

2004
Elemental Abstraction Agora Gallery New York

Elemental Abstraction Agora Gallery New York

Awards

2014
Finalist Lethbridge Art Award Brisbane

Finalist Lethbridge Art Award Brisbane

2014
Finalist Mandorla Art Award

Finalist Mandorla Art Award

2010
High Commendation Melville Art Awards

High Commendation Melville Art Awards

2010
1st Prize Works on Canvas Morawa Art Awards

1st Prize Works on Canvas Morawa Art Awards

2009
1st Prize Acrylic Painting City of Cockburn Art Awards

1st Prize Acrylic Painting City of Cockburn Art Awards

2005
1st Prize Melville Art Awards

1st Prize Melville Art Awards

2005
High Commendation Cossack Art Awards

High Commendation Cossack Art Awards

2004
John Collis Prize for Abstract Painting, Cossack Art Awards

John Collis Prize for Abstract Painting, Cossack Art Awards

2003
High Commendation Cossack Art Awards (1)

High Commendation Cossack Art Awards

2001
John Collis Prize for Abstract Painting, Cossack Art Awards (1)

John Collis Prize for Abstract Painting, Cossack Art Awards

Collections

Pilbara Development Commission

Albany Regional Hospital

Rockingham Regional Hospital

ING Bank Melbourne

Mt Romance Australia

Haynes Robinson Lawyers

Blue Waters Restaurant Applecross

Galleries

Pilbara Development Commission

Albany Regional Hospital

Rockingham Regional Hospital

ING Bank Melbourne

Mt Romance Australia

Haynes Robinson Lawyers

Blue Waters Restaurant Applecross

Publications

Pilbara Development Commission
Pilbara Development Commission

Albany Regional Hospital
Albany Regional Hospital

Rockingham Regional Hospital
Rockingham Regional Hospital

ING Bank Melbourne
ING Bank Melbourne

Mt Romance Australia
Mt Romance Australia

Haynes Robinson Lawyers
Haynes Robinson Lawyers

Blue Waters Restaurant Applecross
Blue Waters Restaurant Applecross

Residencies

2008
Artist in Residence Cannery Art Centre, Esperance Funded by ArtsWA

Artist in Residence Cannery Art Centre, Esperance Funded by ArtsWA

2003
Artist in Residence Naragebup Environment Centre, Rockingham Funded by ArtsWA

Artist in Residence Naragebup Environment Centre, Rockingham Funded by ArtsWA

Artist Statement

I started painting 20 years ago after a near death experience galvanised me to pursue the dream of being an artist. It also gave me a glimpse of the realm of the mystical and sublime. Ever since, I have been painting, and that sense of the numinous and ineffable is what I am always trying to capture in my work.