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‘Woodland Creatures’ and ‘Great British Birds’

Talia Giles

‘Woodland Creatures’ and ‘Great British Birds’

24th June - 28th July

Talia's prints are thoughtfully constructed by mixing modern design practice with the more traditional concept of the posed portrait. The animals appear regal and powerful in their frame, regardless of where they are in the food chain. They form part of two growing series; “Great British Birds” and “Woodland Creatures”. The solid colour background is inspired particularly by a famous Renaissance photo-realist painting - “Portrait of Doge Leonardo Loredan” by Giovanni Bellini (currently hung at The National Gallery).

Brought up in rural Hampshire on the edge of the South Downs, Talia woke up in the mornings to fat pheasants, rabbits and the occasional hare on the lawn and in the fields surrounding the house, roe deer. In the woods out back (an old disused chalk pit), foxes, partridge, beautiful buzzards and kites. All this wildlife made for interesting subject matter and allowed Talia to study animal form and anatomy. Following four year’s of art college (Central St. Martin’s and Middlesex studying Fine Art Painting), she has only recently discovered digital practice.

Working from a series of photographs, the images are merged together to achieve the perfect pose and composition. Using the edited photograph as a guideline, a complex net of triangles is built as the foundation for the artwork. Each triangle is then individually coloured, and the portrait gradually appears. The process takes between 30-50 hours start to finish.

The prints are all certified giclée quality, printed with fine inks on archival quality paper at an incredibly high resolution. They are then carefully mounted and framed with acid free materials and casing to protect their longevity. Each print can last up to 200 years without discolouring.

Talia works from her home studio in Bedford and is currently taking commissions.

Unframed prints are available via Talia’s website and delivery is free. Email with any questions.

Summer opening times

pavilion open 9-5pm
the window stays open until 6pm

last food orders 3:30pm

Autumn opening times
as of October 1st

pavilion open 9-4pm
the window stays open until 5pm

last food orders 3:15pm

Mondays: Café opens at 10am

we are open 7 days a week and dogs are welcome on our heated veranda during the winter months

We occasionally close early for private bookings. Please always call us to book a table & avoid being disappointed!

01234 351104

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