Born in Bordeaux in 1953, Gilles Sarthou is a self-taught painter who specializes in animal paintings (dogs, horses, hunting scenes, polo matches, race horses, wild animals…), maritime paintings (views of Arcachon Bay and the Brittany coastline as well as numerous scenes of sailing boats, motorized and steam boats) and paintings of motor sports (cars and motorbikes).
He uses many classical medium including oil painting, watercolour, red chalk and pencil drawings.
Since 1976 he has exhibited regularly in Bordeaux (annually at the Ka International exhibition which takes place each December), in Paris, in Dinard in Brittany (at the Vue sur Mer Gallery), Monaco, Knokke le Zout (in Belgium), and has been selected on numerous occasions for the French Official Maritime Painters exhibitions (at the maritime museum at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris) and has represented the “Ponant Painters” on the French aircraft carrier, Le Clémenceau.
In October 2007, he won the third prize at the centenary edition of the Society for Hunting with Hounds at Montpoupon in France.
He is also a member of ARTHEMIS, an association of painters and sculptors specializing in representations of animals.