Artwork of the Month: November02 Nov 16
November's Artwork of the Month is Near St. Just by June Miles RWA, chosen by Gareth Edwards RWA.
During the early 1970's June Miles taught at the West of England College of Art and the Bristol Folk House. She has shown her work in numerous solo exhibitions including the Newlyn Gallery in 1975 and 1981, the Royal West of England Academy in 1977, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath in 1983, the Penwith Gallery, St Ives in 1998 and the Lemon Street Gallery, Truro in 2000.
Her paintings have been exhibited in mixed shows at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Society of British Artists, Agnews, David Messum Gallery, Cork Street and the Medici Gallery in London, amongst other venues.
In a recent statement regarding her thoughts on painting June Miles comments: 'The starting point for me can be a plant, flowers or a fabric and I enjoy relating them to the surroundings that I have chosen. Sometimes I find the setting for the still lives is too restricting so I introduce mirrors or landscapes behind them in order to create an illusion of distance. Relationships of colours and forms are the building blocks of a painting. I use colour against colour much as a musician will place note against note, using the recessive and dominant colours to describe forms within space...The question of influences is a subtle business - among the painters who have most impressed me are Velasquez, Goya, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Bonnard: also the Fauve painters Derain and Vlamink. In the end one has to find one's own way of solving the problems one has set for oneself.'