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James Miles

James Miles (b. 1957, San Francisco, CA) is a San Francisco native and joined the Creativity Explored studio in 1988. Miles is known for his ink drawings of miniature scenes that tell stories from everyday life.

 Soft-spoken and reticent, Miles’ quiet miniature scenes unusually combine perspectives, blurring 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 everyday pleasures.

 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’ work was featured in several prominent exhibitions including, Create, a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder that originated at University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011, This Container Isn’t Big Enough, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, in 2004, Whipper Snapper Nerd, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, in 1997, Faces at the Jack Fischer gallery, San Francisco, CA, in 2011, and Paper!Awesome!, at Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA, in 2010. 

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Selected Exhibitions

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
artMRKT, Fort Mason Center - Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, CA

2012
Fabulous, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Are We There Yet?, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Parallel Visions, 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
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
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
Naked, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
The Beat Goes on, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
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

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