12 February 2016
Our work of the week is ‘Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes’, n.d by Tony Giles, currently on show at the University Library as part of the display The Horizon is the point of No Return. The display features two lenticular prints by Georgie Grace (prints that move as the viewer moves past them) and works chosen by the artist from the Kettle’s Yard collection. Through her selection of curious landscape paintings and sculptures Grace explores the idea that a landscape can act both as a static image to look at and a window to look through into the outside world.
Tony Giles (1925—1994) was born in Taunton, Somerset. Hia father was an engine driver for Great Western Railway and as a child Giles would often travel in the leading coach as his dad brought the London train down to Penzance. He never lost the magic of those trips and in 1959 he was able to move to Cornwall and work in the planning department of County Hall. In his spare time he painted compulsively the local landscape, the railway lines and viaducts of the county, its harbours and chapels. Journalist Frank Ruhrmund said that Tony Giles was ‘one of Cornwall’s most powerful and prolific, and strange as it may seem, still most under-rated artists.’