Giles Round

Interior with Tahiti Lamp and Rotten Fruit

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Year 2020
Medium Watercolour, wax pastel, and pencil on cotton paper
Dimensions 31.1 x 23 cm

About the work

With shows and projects postponed due to the pandemic and without access to a studio, Round spent successive lockdowns confined to working from home. Days were, for the most part, occupied with designing and constructing a self-build studio after Walter Segal. Evenings were spent listening to podcasts, making works on paper. These works, usually pencil and watercolour on paper, depict both the artist’s immediate surroundings – the house and garden, and the world elsewhere – through time and space, via screenshots and found images. Varying in abstraction and subject, the series includes still-life interiors, groundworks for the self-build studio, flower arrangements from the Ikenobo Scroll, houses and studios of queer artists, and snapshots by Félix González-Torres. Interior with Tahiti Lamp and Rotten Fruit shows the artist’s untidy desk: a pot of pens, a piece of rotting fruit and the base of a Tahiti lamp.

About the artist:

Born 1976 London, Giles Round lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Middlesex (1999), and MA Painting at the Royal College of Art (2002).

Round works across disciplines including art, design and architecture, through a wide range of techniques and approaches including ceramics, furniture, painting, print, sculpture and sound. Round’s work often takes the form of long-term open-ended projects such as an artist run decorative arts company, a design office operating in London Underground, and a queer collective. The projects, artworks in themselves, operate as over-arching structures for the production of exhibitions, commissions and live events.

Selected exhibitions include Back to Earth, Serpentine Galleries, London (2022); Untitled, circa 1994, Brighton CCA (2020); The Director, The Hepworth, Wakefield (2018); Living with Buildings, Wellcome Collection, London (2018); 1967, Goswell Road, Paris (2018); The Land We Live In, The Land We Left Behind, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton (2018); They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol (2017); We live in the office, RIBA, London (2016); Ljubljana, 1955, Galerija Jakopič, Ljubljana (2015); 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts: ‘Over you/you’, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (2015); AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY!, Young Team HQ, London (2015); The Grantchester Pottery paints the stage, Jerwood Visual Arts, London (2015); The Influence of Furniture on Love, Wysing Arts Centre (2014); and Commons Room, Grizedale Arts at APAP, Anyang Art Park (2014).

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