The Gordon Miles Airport Series Exhibition at MOMA Machynlleth this winter will focus on Gordon’s interest in airports as a subject for painting.
Gordon Miles was born in Maidstone, Kent in 1947. He studied photo-lithography at the London College of Printing, and then drawing and illustration at Harrow Art School. As well as printmaking, Gordon paints, in oil and acrylics, a wide range of subjects (landscapes, still life, airports, interiors), often on a large scale.
He has lived and worked in Wales since 1980. He ran the Gordon Miles Gallery in Aberaeron, Ceredigion, before establishing a print studio in Machynlleth where he undertakes commissioned limited edition prints.
He has held many one-man shows and participating in numerous group exhibitions, including: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Engravers, Royal Portrait Society, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, National Library of Wales, Christie’s Contemporary Prints, and Liberty’s.
Gordon says about his work: “I became interested in airports as a subject for paintings in 2007, when I ﬂew to New Zealand to visit relatives: it happened to coincide at that time with a number of art related ideas, the primary one being to ﬁnd a contemporary subject that both represented human advancement in the technical sense and historically was linked to a modern way of life to which we were all very familiar: ‘a 21st century subject.‘
The subject also offered, much to my excitement, an array of elements which could be developed in the formal structure of picture making in the abstract sense: yes they are illustrations but potentially they hold all the ingredients to construct a work of art. I set out to make the works immediate, unromantic, brutally realistic and devoid of glamour: what we see is a world that we can all associate and relate to, a sort of common place which: to the eyes of future generations, I am sure, will look extraordinary. I offer these works as a representation of the extraordinary world in which we live.”
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