Anthony Eric GILES
aka Tony

Born in Taunton, Somerset, Giles was the son of an engine driver for the Great Western Railway. His first trips to Cornwall were in the leading carriage of the train which his father drove from Taunton to Penzance, and John Branfield (2005) describes in his personal memoir of his St Agnes friend, how excited Tony always was in being in Cornwall. Art was his favourite subject at school (Huish's) and when he left school he took up an apprenticeship as a cartographic draughtsman at the Admiralty Hydrographic Office near Taunton.

Dust jacket information: 'Giles's paintings were inspired by the way man has shaped the Cornish landscape. He painted railway tracks and viaducts, clay workings and mine buildings, harbours and chapels in a very lively, highly individual style.' Frank RUHRMUND (journalist/art reviewer, Cornishman & other newspapers) concluded that Tony Giles was 'one of Cornwall's most powerful and prolific, and strange as it may seem, still most under-rated artists.'


Painter of landscapes and railways

works and access

Access to works: Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Stoke on Trent Art gallery; Birmingham Art Gallery


Winner, English China Clay competition 'Art in Industry' 1971

University of Birmingham Artists of Cornwall Exhibition (Orion Gallery Touring) 1972

Orion Gallery, Newlyn Solo show 1983, mixed shows

Salt House Gallery, St Ives 1984

Park Gallery, Cheltenham

Penwith Gallery, 65th Birthday retrospective 1990

RWE Bristol, Artists from Cornwall 1992


NSA 1972-3 list


Branfield, John (2005) Tony Giles, Painter of Cornwall's Man-Made Landscape Cornwall: Mingoose Books

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of British Artists since 1945

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery (pp136,155)

McLeod, Alister J (1973) Newlyn Society of Artists 1895-1973 (NAG 12 page brochure)

RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol