Montpellier based Miles Hall has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Paris and Krakow. He has a Doctor of Philosophy from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (2010), a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP) Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier, France (2005), a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting Major) from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (1997) and a Diploma of Fine Art (Painting and Drawing) from the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney (1995) where he was the recipient of the John Olsen Scholarship. He is currently a lecturer in Painting at l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Montpellier Contemporain MO.CO. ESBA. His work is in the collections of Artbank; Shakespeare and Company, Paris, France; Polish Art Foundation, Poland; Shandong University, China; Ecole Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier, France; the Australian Catholic University and several regional and tertiary collections in Queensland and New South Wales.
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10 TO 28 AUGUST 2021
As all matter on earth finds its origin in the stars, a painting is likewise composed of stardust. Using a predominate base of mineral pigments, with the addition of mica crystal, these paintings transform pigment into picture. Inspired by the energy of the physical world and its forces, these recent works aim to highlight the material, sensual and tactile dimension of an image where the experience of looking is anchored in substance. In the age of the screen, painting continues to remind us of our physical connection to the universe, it is archaic, analogue and refreshingly low-tech.
Miles Hall, Montpellier, August 2021
14 AUGUST TO 8 SEPTEMBER 2019
'These paintings result from a sojourn on the Greek island of Sifnos, situated in the southwest arpeggio of the Cyclades. Living and working in an isolated cottage with no electricity or internet, surrounded by olive trees and goats, it’s possible to feel cut off from the world yet more connected to it. Inspired by the sensuous austerity of the landscape - the immensity of the sky and sea, the weathered landscape inscribed with human toil – these works attempt to harness the material dimension of painting to evoke the sensuality of the natural world and our place in the cosmos. The works play at crossing the line between abstraction into representation, and in doing so affirm the physical nature of painting and its ongoing history.'
Miles Hall 2019
DOUG HALL AM, SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2019
19 AUGUST TO 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
Through the manipulation of coloured pigment on a flat surface the art of painting has a remarkable way of letting things emerge - giving permanence to the ephemeral encounter between gesture, surface and colour. Inspired by the physical and chromatic properties of my chosen pigments, these paintings are developed intuitively and evolve from both a retinal and sensual engagement with form and the physical handling of material. Like a good margarita pizza, these paintings are made with an economy of means for maximum impact. Each ingredient that holds the work together is an essential component – notably the texture, weave and colour of the linen, the milky constituency and absorbency of the casein ground and finally the physical and chromatic qualities of the pigment and its suspension in linseed oil. A concern for the ‘stuff of painting’ has been considerably augmented via the fabrication of my own paint – a process that, like cooking, has furthered my understanding of materials, enabling me to highlight the unique properties of each colour.
I have always been fascinated by the horizon; the way it draws us (inwardly and outwardly) towards a mysterious, un-nameable point – a paradoxical experience of a limit without an end.
Miles Hall 2017