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Creativity Explored

James Miles

Soft-spoken and reticent, James Miles (b. 1957, San Francisco) is known for his miniature ink drawings of quiet scenes that tell stories. Miles' scenes blur the distinctions between inside/outside, near/far, small/large, male/female, and past/present, enticing audiences into the paradoxically immense spaces of his diminutive artwork. His scenes celebrate ambiguity, particularly in the everyday.

Miles joined the Creativity Explored studio in 1998 and has had work featured in several prominent exhibitions including This Container Isn't Big Enough at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, NY, in 2004; and in 2011, Create, a traveling exhibition that originated at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Miles’ work adorns three pillow designs for CB2 as well as one of Google's 2015 self-driving car prototypes.

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Samples of Miles' work





Selected Exhibitions

2017
Black White, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Spring-Summer Pop-up, Parlor, San Francisco, CA

2016
Ripe, Creativity Explored Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2014
They are full of holy..., Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
West Coasts, Museum of La Creation Franche, Begles, France
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2013
Undercover Genius: The Creative Lives of Artists with Disabilities, Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, CA

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
Paper!Awesome!, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Santos y Otros Creatures, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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

2008
INsects INsectos, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Miles in the Sky, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Naked, 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
You Are Here, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, 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
Japanese Rock n' California Roll, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Lit, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2001
New Works on Wood, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

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