‘The Art of Being ’by Giles Penny RWA is taking place at The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN from Saturday 14th to Tuesday 31st May 2022. Giles is best known for his sculptural works that often have an innocent humorous nature inspired by everyday domestic events such as hoovering, washing up, cooking etc and these observations are being explored in ‘The Art of Being’, his latest exhibition, which features selected sculpture, drawings and print making. This is his first solo exhibition with The Jerram Gallery.
There will be 30 sculptures and as many 2D works on the walls as the gallery can hang. Sizes for the show vary from 10cm–110cm high. Prices range from £2,000-£20,000.
Giles remarks, “A further aspect of my work is that of being the ‘maker’. Here the work is a reflection of making the work, i.e. cutting out circles from paper, folding paper etc which features in many of my pieces that enables me to observe myself from the outside in the operation of ‘making’ which in turn helps to keep things in focus”
His focus of expression is the human form, which acts as a vehicle to explore both the physical and abstract worlds. “I work on several pieces at once until something is complete. I am driven by the feeling that my next project will be my finest, but when I reflect on my workover the past forty years I have found it is the idea and its realization that completes the experience” says Giles
Giles went to The Heatherly School of Fine Art, Chelsea, Bournemouth & Poole College of Art and Newport College of Art. His largescale pieces can be seen in many public spaces including Golden Square, London; Canary Wharf, London; 23 large sculptures for Body Shop International; Fulham Reach, London; BBC White City, London; Liminster church, Sussex; Wolverhampton city center; and Bruton, Somerset. Giles lives near Bruton, Somerset