Giles Gilson Gallery
During the 1970's Giles Gilson began the series of Picture
Pieces, which grew out of his fascination with the beautiful and
contrasting colors and figure found in exotic woods. A large portion of
the work he was doing at the time was gluing up and sculpting and/or
turning these wonderful materials to create elegant patterns and
designs. He felt that it was important, and possible to use these
contrasting woods to construct actual pictures
in the curved surfaces in order to tell stories on the surface of the pieces.
This was a major undertaking, which required hundreds of hours of study, and
Much of the research effort was spent studying primitive cultures and the symbols and pictures they used to write their history. The early works in this series were based on the stories and symbols that were used by the American Indians, because they had important stories to tell, and Giles felt that the graphics were best suited to the work he was doing. Twelve Cycles of the Moon commonly known as The Calendar Piece was finished in 1980.
The pieces he did in the 1990's use his own symbols and stories, more than
those of the Indian cultures, and he brought in a stronger "European
influence, because he felt that it broadened the scope of the stories.
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