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James Miles

If James Miles (b. 1957) were to tell you a story it would have several well-defined but allegorical characters (three girls, a group of musicians, perhaps a bear and a salmon), involved in an activity (taking a drive, holding hands, exercising) both mundane and mythic, with only the essential objects at hand (a table, racket, house, ball, balloon), situated within a vast, sometimes distinctively detailed space, but more often one that is completely open, unadorned, stretching infinitely up and away, a single lozenge shaped cloud, or the sun, the only interruption.

His telling would include these silent spaces, for Miles is soft-spoken and reticent, and these stories are told through his well-known ink drawings of miniature scenes. Their unusually combined perspectives blur the limits of inside/outside, near/far, small/large, male/female, and past/present to entice the viewer/listener into the paradoxically immense spaces of his diminutive artwork. They are spaces that use the logic of dreams and fairytales, but in Miles’ versions, the ambiguity is always celebratory. And like every great universally told story, his reveal our shared love of simple pleasures enjoyed with one another, on a gorgeous day that we hope will never end.

Miles has been an artist at Creativity Explored since 1988. In 2011, CB2 used Miles' work to adorn a pillow design which was so successful, they selected his art to adorn another product the following year. Miles was also featured in Create, a traveling exhibition that first opened at University Of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011.

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Selected Exhibitions

2012
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Are We There Yet?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Faces, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Create, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Where Are We?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Paper!Awesome!, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Santos y Otros Creatures, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
Legend: Myth and Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2008
Tasty, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
INsects INsectos, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Miles in the Sky, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
Nature Rules, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Drawing the Line, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2005
Aliens: the Green Ones, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2004
Spirits and Saints, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Functionable, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
This Container Isn't Big Enough, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2003
Hello There Friend, Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Created in California, Berenberg Gallery, Boston, MA

1998
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, Bronwyn Keenan Gallery , New York, NY
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Mark Moore Gallery, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997
Whipper Snapper Nerd - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts , Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

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