David Noah Giles Bio

David Noah Giles was born and raised in New York City. He attended public schools and grew up in the borough of Queens. His mother was a painter and inspired him to be an artist. He has been painting and drawing from a young age. He majored in painting in the BFA program of the State University at New Paltz New York. For a period of three years he painted under Professor Joop Sanders (a protégé of Wilem de Kooning’s) he studied painting and drawing with Professor Alex Minewski (who studied with Hans Hoffman). Then broadening his horizons he and his friend traveled by bus from New York to Mexico City, Guadalajara and San Miguel de Allende. His purpose was to see the murals of Orozoco and Rivera. From there he went to San Francisco and continued his art studies at the California College of Art in Oakland. He was awed by the spectacular natural beauty of the state and decided to make it his home. Being around the Bay Area with it’s eclectic culture of visual arts and music has had a permanent influence on him. He further developed his painting and art history knowledge making use of the great book stores and libraries. His friends were poets, artists and musicians they would often meet at Caffé Trieste, one of the original espresso cafes on the West Coast. David always had his large sketchbook and pens with him where ever he went in the city. After nearly 20 years in SF he made his way to the Great Pacific Northwest in the early 1990’s, he settled in Seattle and set up a studio.

He has maintained a continuous devotion to painting and art history and believes in the importance of the artist’s contribution to culture and philosophy of the world society. He views the artist as a citizen of the world. His work evolved from figurative to abstract, although not exclusively. He still paints landscapes and makes collages as well. He teaches art classes and has shown work in many venues over the past 25 years. His work is in several collections in America. Currently he lives in Tumwater, Washington with his wife who is also a committed artist.

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