Giles Round was born in 1976. He graduated from a BA at Middlesex and subsequently an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. He lives and works in London.
Recent exhibitions include: Ljubljana, 1955, Galerija Jakopič, Ljubljana, a part of 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts: Over you/you, curated by Nicola Lees; AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY!, Young Team HQ, London; The Grantchester Pottery paints the stage, Jerwood Space, London (2015); The Influence of Furniture on Love, Wysing Grange Farmhouse, Cambridgeshire (2014); Studio Wares, The Grantchester Pottery at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; BOOK MACHINE curated by One Star Press, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013); Décor, The Grantchester Pottery, ROWING, London; IPS SYSTEM, International Project Space, Bournville; The Starry Rubric Set, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2012); The Studio of Giles Round, Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); The Form of the Book, SWG3, Glasgow (2010); Living Structures, S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2009); Idealismusstudio, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2008).
Giles Round creates sculptures and assemblages. These are composed of an array of materials, which includes ready made and ceramic objects, architectural screens and paintings. He arranges these objects so as to divide space and invite a directed movement around a room. Giles appropriates craft and design into an art context in an attempt to collapse the hierarchies of applied and fine arts. More mischevous undertones are often camouflaged by safe and interior aesthetics. For example for his exhibition AGAIN! SORRY! AGAIN! SORRY! at Young Team HQ in 2015 Round created ceramic vases holding flowers and curtains. These objects were, however in the shape of phallus' and depicting erotic scenes. Giles Round deliberately chooses mediums that appear initially safe and domestic, but which in fact allude to something far more dark and erotic.