Five questions to Miles Chumley

Five questions to Miles Chumley

Born in Dallas, Texas, Miles Chumley is a Chicago-based contemporary fine artist. Trained as a classical painter, he spent his early years concentrating on realistic subject matter, evolving over time, shifting away from traditional realism, while experimenting with various styles, movements, mediums and techniques. His abstract expressionism work is bold and precise, conveying a sense of controlled chaos.

Tell us your story, why did you become an artist?

I was drawn to art at a young age. Growing up, art provided the outlet to express creative thoughts and ideas without the feelings of judgment or embarrassment. As kids, we all go through phases trying to figure out what is “normal” or “accepted” in society. Art gave me an identity and confidence as a child. Early in my education, I studied with a French painter in residency and never stopped painting. My style has, absolutely, evolved and transformed over the years and throughout my studies, but my artistic roots were deeply planted when I was 5 or 6 years old. Simply put, I became an artist because I truly feel it’s my calling and what I am meant to do. Art, especially painting, is ingrained in me and what I feel most passionate about in life.

When you create a new work, how do you go about it? What comes first?

Working primarily in acrylic, I tap into my life experiences to reveal the impact external influences have on our surroundings. More specifically, how classical elements and humans interact and affect the environment around us. My paintings are filled with energy, movement, excitement and depth as I explore the complex, ever-changing world from a “point-in-time” perspective. Typically, I plan the major details of a painting prior to starting, yet leave room for organic changes, decisions, and mark-marking while completing the artwork.

What can you tell us about your studio, what makes it special to you and how does it influence the way you work?

I built my current studio at my home and it’s more a part of my everyday life than ever before. It allows the convenience of working on my own time and spending multiple sessions a day in the studio if needed. It has evolved into a space where I, also, enjoy creating with my family as my son paints with me in the studio… That alone inspires me everyday.

Is there a work of art in your life that has especially impressed you?

Jackson Pollock’s “Mural” is one of my favorite pieces. I saw it in-person for the first time at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It resonated with me in a way that no other painting had. After learning the story behind the painting, how it was created, and why it was created, I loved it even more.

Reach to the stars: where will you be in 5 years?

In 5 years my goal is to show my work at international galleries around the world. My kids will be older and I hope their creativity continues to grow and we can share that experience together.

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