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Miles Cole

Overview

In 2012 Miles returned to painting after a fifteen year hiatus, during which time he carved out a successful career as an illustrator, regularly working for The Economist, Tatler, The Times and The Wall St Journal.

His work is rooted in the tradition of British and European post-war Modernism, particularly abstract painting. Drawing inspiration from the experience of place - the rugged landscape of the Cornish coast or walking through the city of London with it's random geometry, these are departure points for an intuitive painting process that includes layering with palette knives, scratching back, adding texture with wax or marble dust, sanding down and exploring the role of accident & chance until the initial subject matter is transformed into a new reality - one of pure abstraction.

Music is also a significant factor in Miles' work and a lot of his paintings are titled after jazz tunes. 'Point Of Departure' and 'Extrapolation' for example, are a reference to the jazz musician improvising around a structure, continuously refining, elaborating and reworking his or her theme.


Curriculum Vitae

Born 1965

1989/90 Chelsea School Of Art, London - MA Fine Art
1986/89 Gloucestershire College Of Art & Design - BA(Hons) Fine Art

Fine Art Commissions

1993 Reuters Ltd, four large monoprints for Fleet St office.
1992 Trainload Freight Ltd, six large monoprints for London office.

1995 to present, work as an illustrator with regular commissions for The Economist,
Times Educational Supplements, Mail On Sunday, Wall St Journal, Esquire, Tatler and numerous publishing and advertising clients.

2012 I returned to painting after a fifteen year hiatus.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Oxfordshire
1996 Gabrielle Skelton Ltd, London – an exhibition of drawings, paintings and prints.
1995 Praxis Gallery, Bristol – an exhibition of screenprints on the theme ‘Jazz’.
1993 Blackheath Gallery, London – an exhibition of silkscreen and monoprints.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Selected group exhibitions with Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, Josie Eastwood Fine
Art, Hampshire and Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford.
2020 Winter Exhibition, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent
Selected group exhibitions with Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, Josie Eastwood Fine
Art, Hampshire and Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford.
2019 Selected group exhibitions with Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, Josie Eastwood Fine
Art, Hampshire and Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford.
Holland Park Villas – Paintings on loan to luxury residential property.
2018 Selected group exhibitions at Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, Josie Eastwood,
Hampshire and Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea.
Autumn Show with Josie Eastwood, Badlingham Manor, Cambridgeshire.
Winter Show, Paisnel Gallery, London.
2017 Gray MCA at London Art Fair 17, London.
Gray MCA at BADA Fair, London.
2016 Phoenix Cinema Gallery, Finchley, London.
1996 London Print Workshop, London.
Jazz - Earlsfield Library, London.
1995 ‘National Print Exhibition’, London.
1994 ‘The First National Print Exhibition’, Mall Galleries, London.

Studio Shots

Works