Jeannies Miles – ‘Untitled’


Artist: Jeannie Miles
Title: Untitled
Medium: Mixed Media on Paper - Impressionist painting
Date: 1976
Dimensions: Image Size 10.5 inches x 4.5 inches, Frame Size 14.75 inches x 8 inches
Provenance: James Pongrass Collection, Pelham von Stoffler Collection - Lake Forest Il., The Village Paint Shop - Lake Forest. Il.

Miles was a member of the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York during the 1940s, and one of the few women involved in founding the Artists' Club. Her artistic and social circle included Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still and Bradley Walker Tomlin. She co-taught art classes in her home with the New York School painter Theodore Stamos, and lectured at Oberlin College.

Miles began to move away from the Abstract Expressionist style in the 1950s, seeking instead to evoke mysticism and spirituality through pure geometric forms, particularly mandalas. She combined these simple forms with a distinctive use of gold and platinum leaf that gave the modernist abstractions a medieval or Byzantine sensibility. Her style was informed by Tantric art, Islamic and Tibetan art, eastern philosophy, and the philosopher P. Ouspensky. In the 1960s she experimented with cast polyester sculpture in spherical forms, but had to stop that work because of the medium's toxicity.

Miles was an instructor at Oberlin College, Moravian College, Yale University and the New York Institute of Technology, and worked as a docent at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. During her half-century career she had one-woman shows at the Betty Parsons Gallery, the Anita Shapolsky Gallery and the Marilyn Pearl Gallery. Her work is in the collections of the Guggenheim, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Corcoran collection, and the Newark Museum, among others.

Miles died in Los Angeles in 1999. A collection of her papers is held at the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution. (Ref. Wikipedia)