Giles Lester

Biography and work of Giles Lester

Giles Lester is a British painter and sculptor based in London. He graduated from the Florence Academy of Art’s painting program in 2009, and has since established himself in London. His work in all media revolves around direct observation of the human figure.

In recent years Giles has expanded his practice to include sculpture; he received the Talos Prize for best newcomer in The Society of Portrait Sculptor’s FACE2014 exhibition and was shortlisted for the Tiranti Prize and the Founders’ Sculpture Prize in 2015.

His teaching method is centred around deconstructing and rationalising the process of observation in painting, drawing and sculpting from life, and is supported by his own experience as an artist and student of Art History.

"A serious engagement with observational work helps encourage a deeper and more fulfilling engagement with visual experience, both inside and outside of the artist's studio"