In Search of Perspicacity

‘In Search of Perspicacity’

Saturday 9 February  2019 – Sunday 31 March 2019

Beyond all other motivations, Anthony Giles is inspired to create work that connects with its audience. Lombard Street Gallery is delighted to be exhibiting Anthony’s solo show, ‘Perspicacity’.

The dictionary definition of ‘Perspicacity’ is ‘the quality of having a ready insight into all things’. Through a talented artistic alchemy Anthony achieves exactly this.

‘What is most satisfying for me, is to witness a connection & see stillness descend on the viewer, when they stand in front of one of my seascape paintings’ says Anthony.

‘Perspicacity’ is a rich collection of engaging oil paintings that transport the viewer so close to the calm tide line, that you can almost smell the sea.


Anthony Giles’ work has always considered the audience at its core. He trained as an Illustrator and Graphic Designer at the London College of Printing and worked for The Lady Magazine, Scalextrix and Hornby after graduating.

It was in 2002, after a serious car accident, that Anthony made the decision to direct his creative energy wholly towards painting. He uses washes, glazes and specialist ‘Michael Hardy’ paints, which he describes as his biggest indulgence ‘Some of the tubes of paint sell for £300’ he explains.

It’s with these paints, brushes and essential palate knife that Anthony layers subtle colours onto smooth gesso board, that he prefers to textured canvas. “I have a studio where I work every day from midday for 4 or 5 hours, it’s concentrated, dedicated work that exerts a lot of mental energy” says Anthony. He does also

work on location, standing on the shoreline, too absorbed in the watery reflections that inspired Turner, to feel the cold. Anthony’s sensitive & natural interpretations of the views that engage him present an almost polar opposite to the raw and edgy Margate art scene that dominates much of the current art media news.

Unsurprisingly it’s Turner that Anthony cites as the artist he would most like to meet. They share a seemingly unending quest to capture and represent light, shown so evocatively in the painting that inspires Anthony most; Turner’s ‘Hannibal Crossing the Alps’. Other inspirations include the work of Fred Cuming, London’s Royal Academy of Arts and the ever changing sunsets he watches daily.

For Anthony there is no other way of being, other than the artist he is today. “There were times when I have struggled and questioned my career entirely. In the early days, all my paints were thrown into the bin, on more than one occasion’ he admits. The enormous success of his work has, thankfully, prevented this doubt from recurring. The piece Anthony would most like to be remembered for is the 40ft painting created along the Margate Harbour Arm on twelve canvases which featured on the BBC news. The painting now hangs in Boys and Maughan solicitors.

Anthony’s talent to portray the calm essence that nature presents so effortlessly increases with every piece he creates. His continues to be one of Lombard Street Gallery’s best selling artists and we are proud to be able to offer visitors and art buyers this unique opportunity to see and buy his latest work.

Anthony Giles In Search of Perspicacity Lombard Street Gallery Margate

Anthony Giles
Winter Colour Margate

Winter Exhibition 2017

Lombard Street Gallery is delighted to announce a mixed exhibition for winter. It will feature new artists to the gallery the photographer Greg Bottle and his new body of work inspired by Antony Gormley’s Another Time and artist Sheradon Dublin whose prints are inspired by Margate’s architectural icons. In addition we will have new work from our represented artists including Ruth McDonald, Anthony Giles, Nick Kelly, Hugh Ribbans and Ben Dickson.

The exhibition opens with a preview on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 2-4pm with an opportunity to meet some of the artists involved.

Alongside an exciting programme of contemporary art exhibitions and ceramics, jewellery, glass and textiles by local artists.

Greg Bottle Another Time 2 Margate

Greg Bottle
Another Time 2

Celebrate Summer

Summer has arrived at Lombard Street Margate and we have plenty in the Gallery to help you celebrate throughout the year. From fine art photographic collages by Claire Gill, to bright and breezy sculptures by Harriet Ferris and ceramics by Kevin Warren you won’t fail to find the perfect item to bring happy memories or sunny days at the seaside.

The Margate Festival is On

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Festival

Now in it’s fourth year, we’ve taken a look back at past festivals and the involvement we’ve had at the gallery. From community printing to create deckchairs inspired by Mondrian with designer Jenny Duff and Turner Contemporary for Summer of Colour in 2014, to the exhibition One Tribe to Another of work by photographer Jon Spencer for Tribes in 2015, to the Celebration of the work of Walpole Champneys, the original interior designer at Dreamland for Sight Seeking in 2016, Lombard Street Gallery has been part of the wonderful Margate community of artists and makers. This year we will be hosting a Meet the Artist event at the Gallery for Making a Change – call in and meet nine of the artists exhibiting in the Summer Exhibition – discuss their work, be inspired and see how art can make a change to your life…

In addition to our usual opening hours, we will be open on Mondays throughout August.

find out more about Margate Festival 2017: Making a Change



Thames Barge painting at Lombard Street Gallery

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Anthony Giles Thames Barge at Swale Estuary SheppeyOnce a common sight on the River Thames the Thames Barges were built to navigate the shallow waters of the river, it’s tributaries and small ports, their shallow draught and flat bottoms making it possible to stand offshore on the low tide mudbanks to load and unload when there was no jetty available. With a capacity for six working sails, operated by just two crew, and masts mounted in tabernacles to make it possible to lower them to ‘shoot’ the bridges whilst maintain headway the seaworthy barges traded around the British coast and as far afield as continental Europe with a variety of cargoes from building materials to gun powder.

The barge races series was begun in 1863 and is the second oldest sailing competition, after the Americas Cup, it continues to this day with the 110th race scheduled for May 2018. In their heyday at the turn of the Twentieth century there were over 2000 of the barges on the registry, this number has declined with the last barge trading entirely under sail registered in 1970.

This painting by Anthony Giles perfectly captures the strength and beauty of one of the Thames Barges whilst moored in the calm waters of the Swale Estuary, the body of water running between the Isle of Sheppey and the mainland and is available in the Gallery. It offers calm respite in our busy world and nostalgia for a bygone era.

‘The majestic beauty of a Thames Barge in full sail is a sight that always inspires me to paint.  The red sails and dark timber hulls evoke an image of times past and will inspire artists for generations.’ Anthony Giles

New Artworks by Andy Tuohy

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Andy Tuohy Dreamland Quex Lido

Following extensive refurbishment the Dreamland Cinema building has been returned to its former glory, complete with neon signs and lighting and artist Andy Tuohy has been inspired to create this image of the building at night to extend his Thanet series.

Built in 1819 to house a twelve bell peel made at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry which was too big for the local church, Waterloo Tower in the grounds of Quex Park in Birchington-on-Sea commemorates Wellington’s men. Designer and illustrator Andy Tuohy perfectly captures the history of the tower in a new artwork available from Lombard Street Gallery, with animals from the dioramas making an appearance in the grounds.

The companion Thanet images include Lido, Cliftonville and the Broadstairs Lift.

Each image is available in an edition of 100, signed and stamped by the artist at £175 unframed and £255 framed for the Dreamland Cinema, Margate image and £160 unframed, £240 framed for the others. Take advantage of Own Art, an Arts Council initiative to spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months

United Society of Artists Summer Exhibition

Lombard Street Gallery Margate United Society of Artists

We are delighted to be co-hosting the Summer Exhibition of United Society of Artists, which will take place in our gallery and at Pie Factory Margate from Saturday 17 to Sunday 25 June 2017.
The Society is defined by a diversity and openness to ideas.  This is what makes it so welcoming to new artists and always makes for an exciting and eclectic mix of styles and media.  This exhibition is jointly hosted with Pie Factory Margate.

Any exhibition of work by UA members is always an exciting and eclectic mix of artistic media. Styles range from representational to abstraction and conceptual. UA members cover a diverse range of approaches including figurative, impressionist and expressionist. This diversity and openness to ideas is what helps to make the UA distinctive in character and so welcoming to new artists.

Nick Kelly: Fundraising Exhibition

Looking to raise money for Marie Curie, Nick Kelly will be taking part in a ten day challenge trek in the Himalayan foothills. His exhibition currently in Lombard Street Gallery, which has been created over a period of 8 months during walks along the Kent coast, will play a major part in raising funds for the charity event. This is an opportunity to acquire a Nick Kelly original work at a very special price for a very special cause and was given a great start with the launch event on Saturday 8 April…thank you to all who came along and Isle Magazine, the Thanet Extra, The Isle of Thanet News and BBC South East for the articles, helping to bring people through the door…

Lombard Street Gallery Nick Kelly Marie Curie

Fiona Fouhy: Exhibition reviews

The exhibition currently in the Gallery – Fiona Fouhy: Explorations in Chalk has received reviews from Thanet Extra and Printmaking Today

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Fiona Fouhy Printmaking Today magazine

Fiona Fouhy: Artist Talk

There are just a few tickets left for this event…Fiona Fouhy will be in the Gallery on Saturday 11 March from 2.30 to 3.30pm to discuss her new exhibition Scratching the Surface: Explorations in Chalk – this is a FREE TICKETED event – so please reserve your place here.

Read more about the exhibition, talk and associated walk here

Lombard Street Gallery Margate Fiona Fouhy discosphaera