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 Howard Everett Giles  (1876 - 1955)

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Lived/Active: New York/Vermont/New Hampshire      Known for: Animals, mythology and landscape painting, magazine illustration

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Howard Giles spent most of his career in New York City, where he was an educator, magazine illustrator, and painter who espoused the theory of Dynamic Symmetry*.  He was born in Brooklyn, and as a young man worked in a New York railroad office.  Financial support of a family friend allowed him to study at the Art Students League* with H. Siddons Mowbray.  In early 1910, he became an illustrator for Scribner's Magazine*, and in 1912, on sketching assignment for Scribner's went to England.  During World War I, he did illustration for Harper's Monthly Magazine*, and many of his images were 'roaring twenties' genre and figure paintings.

In 1912, he began teaching life classes at the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts* (later Parsons School of Design), and remained there until the late 1920s.  During that time, he was also a part-time instructor at the Childs-Walker School in Boston, and accepted numerous invitations to lecture including at Carnegie Institute* in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts*, Detroit Institute of Arts and Wellesley College.

His initial painting style was Impressionism*, but he grew increasingly interested in other scientific, aesthetic theories.  He worked with Jay Hambridge from 1916 to 1919, applying Hambridge's theory of Dynamic Symmetry to his painting and his lecture topics.  From 1922 to 1926, Giles also worked with and was influenced in his own painting by colorist theorist Denman Ross, who espoused a limited and related color palette.  For many of his paintings, Giles used watercolor although he also painted in oil and pastels.

During the last years before his retirement when he moved to Woodstock, Vermont, Howard Giles served as Dean of the Fine Arts Department at the Master Institute of the Roerich Museum in New York.


Mary Lublin, "Howard Everett Giles", Paintings and Sculpture in the Collections of The National Academy of Design, David Dearinger, Editor

Paul Giambarba, 100 Years of Illustration and Design, website

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A painter, illustrator, and teacher, Howard Giles created colorful, expressive paintings, often with animals and mythology themes such as Arcadia Pan and Plato's Edge.

He was from Brooklyn and studied at the Art Students League in New York City. His exposure to modern art likely came from his attending the Armory Show of 1913 and commercial galleries that featured that type of art.

He was influenced by the theory of Dymamic Symmetry of Jay Hambridge and ideas of Denman Ross relating to balance, and rhythm, and harmony.

In the 1940s, he became Dean Emeritus of the Fine Arts Department at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York.

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