Gwynne Giles is an accomplished painter based in Toronto, Canada who is primarily known for his work in the “flat art” style. His pieces are characterized by their use of geometric shapes, primary colors and straight lines that are skillfully arranged to create a sense of whimsy and cool, urbane sophistication.
While the paintings are highly stylized and minimalistic the artist manages to create compelling and complex visual stories, often imbued with his characteristic tongue-in-cheek aesthetic… Through the bold and vibrant use of primary colors the arrangements Giles creates convey a sense of compressed energy; the prominent use of black lines adds structure and helps to contain the compositions, making them feel both playful and formal at once.
Giles’ work is a love letter to the era long gone, and a testament to his competent, instinctual understanding of its timeless romance. His unique re-interpretation of the De Stijl movement’s legacy has earned him an enthusiastic following of art collectors in Toronto.