Montpellier based Miles Hall has held solo exhibitions in Sydney, Brisbane, Paris and Krakow. He holds 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 The Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney (1995) where he was the recipient of the John Olsen Scholarship. He is currently a lecturer in Painting and Drawing at l'Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Montpellier ESBAMA. His work is held in the collections of the Australian Government's 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.
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.