Nick Giles is a highly experimental artist and has developed his technique for painting on glass over several years, using different materials. By painting in this medium, he creates artwork with strong luminescent colour, evoking the impact of his chosen landscapes. The natural drama of the islands and the sea are his favourite subject matter.
Nick’s creative focus has always been on interior and garden design, until 2004. After a successful career in the insurance industry, Nick retired allowing him to pursue his creative leanings. He immersed himself in training as a painter at Robinwood Art School in Ayr, under the guidance of well-known Ayrshire artist, Joan Lawson. His enthusiasm and latent talent saw Nick develop his own painterly style in a remarkably short time, and requests and commissions for his work soon followed.
Nick works on the reverse of the glass, working backward from the first layer and building up more layers to create depth using a variety of mainly oil-based paints. By varying the drying time between layers (typically between 8 hours and several days), this allows him to create texture and effects to enhance his paintings on glass. Once a painting is complete, it is framed and backed with white mount board which allows the light to reflect through the painting where the paint is kept most transparent, creating a luminosity of colour unique to Nick's style of painting.
He currently lives and works from Scotland and Australia, and his bold and vibrant abstract landscape paintings on glass are inspired by the natural beauty of both countries.
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