Painting is an extraordinary process that enables new territories to appear, disappear and to be found again. Living on the edge of the Mediterranean sea, these paintings find their inspiration in a textured mix of landscape, history and human endeavour. The title of this series Open Ground is as much a reference to the ground specific to painting as it is to the physical environment that surrounds me. The ground in painting refers to the surface on which one paints – like the terrain of the Mediterranean, a painting is the result of a sustained engagement of action and determination over matter.
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.