Inspired by his recent move to Margaret River and frequent walks along the beach at sunset, multi-award winning artist David Giles’ latest collection The Solace Series, continues his expression of his ‘spiritual journey’ and his pre-occupation with creating mystical, revelatory and beautiful representations of light emanation.
“Why is at that so much art, not just painting but writing, music and dance is inspired by grief and heartbreak… I don’t know but I anticipate I will be doing this series for a while.”
Whilst the sun setting over the ocean is hardly an original subject matter and draws on the romantic landscape tradition, The Solace Series artworks have been purposefully structured quite formally so that they can be read almost as Rothko-like colour field paintings.
For David the series has also been a way for him to process the grief of a recent relationship break up, which sheds some light on the melancholy title of the series.
“Why is it that so much art, not just painting but writing, music and dance is inspired by grief and heartbreak… I don’t know… but I anticipate I will be doing this series for a while.” says David. “I do tend to say that though about every new series, only time will tell.”
Looking at works like ‘And then You Were Gone’ there is perhaps some evidence of emotional turmoil, however throughout the series there is a pervading sense of light, evoking a feeling of hope and optimism for the future.
David’s work and the work of other talented local artists is on display and available for purchase at:
David Giles Art Gallery
49b High St, Fremantle