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Miles Francis Hall

Miles Hall is a painter, art educator and sometime art journalist. He grew up in South Lake Tahoe where he was instilled with a love for drawing and painting. He obtained a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston and pursued his graduate work at the State University of New York at Purchase, where he obtained an MFA in Studio Art, and an MA in Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism. He has exhibited his work in California, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Nevada, and has paintings residing in private and public collections on both the East and West coasts. He currently teaches drawing and art history at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, and is a contributing writer for Doublescoop - Arts in Nevada.

Miles’ work is concerned with creating visual mythologies out of things he encounters in the course of his everyday life. While the impetus for his imagery comes from real people and places, Miles looks to transform them into spaces and events that could only exist in the mind. He often paints on site and from life, but currently his work begins with photos of friends along with landscapes he knows, followed by digital collage and manipulation, and eventually the construction of still life set-ups in his studio which are also photographed and re-photographed from various angles. This visual thinking process leads to his painting compositions, which often continue to morph and change as the painting progresses. While he utilizes technology, Miles is interested in bringing us back to the look and feel of the real world, and aims to create something more corporeal, fantastic and thought-provoking than he could produce though strictly digital means.

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