In the life and studio of LA-based, Trinidad-born artist Miles Regis,
every action is an opportunity for creative self-expression. Prolific
in both fine art art and fashion design, Regis freely swaps the
materials and languages of each to enrich the other. His large-scale
mixed media paintings on canvas and linen incorporate dimensional
collage elements of denim, buttons, leather, printed matter, sequins,
and patches of eclectically sourced found textiles along with his
dextrous, gestural, richly hued abstract and figurative painting
techniques. Aggressively hopeful and humanistic, Regis embraces a
storytelling stance in his stylized renditions of fundamental scenes
of love, loss, freedom, survival, activism, and living history.
Tapping into the emotional experiences of exotic cultures around the
world and presenting them in ways that are relevant to today’s
modernized societies, Regis favors the simplicity of black and white
structure, starkly juxtaposed with the complex dimensions of color;
recurring motifs include his use of eyes, encouraging the viewer to
look deeper. His paintings are often layered with vibrant hues,
powerful imagery, text, abstract brush strokes, and purposeful objects
-- the same eye-catching iconography and palette which also appear in
his original wearable art. Hand-painted by the artist, each
garment highlights a delicately detailed working of both surface and
narrative, in the same process that expresses the personal and
collective mythologies enshrined in his art works.
During the summer of 2017 Regis made his first foray into the word of
artisanal perfume, creating an original series of signature scents developed
during a month-long art-and-fashion residency at LA’s Institute for
Art and Olfaction. Regis has also been delving into new technologies
as an early adopter of the emerging realm of Virtual Reality as a
fine art application.
One of the main elements in constructing interdimensional visual
worlds based on his art is a painstaking process building the
compositional structure layer by layer -- a technique ideally suited
to Regis’ established language of painting. The results, which he
sometimes pairs with his own original auric electronic beats, are
kinetic, vibrating, seductive travels in AbEx hyperspace, and all on
their own make the case for VR as a proper tool for all kinds of
Regis is in the permanent collection of Intel Corporation,
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture,
California African American Museum, and Senegal's La Musee Borindar;
and has appeared in association with CNN, Art Basel Miami, The
Coachella Music and Art Festival, CCH Pounder, Million Dollar Listing,
The Marley Family, Josh Flagg, American Rag Cie, Art For Amnesty,
Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Manifest Justice, Adobe, and
Tonny Sorenson. Regis has exhibited at Art Basel Miami and The
Coachella Arts And Music Festival and has been featured on CNN, The
Huffington Post, Extra TV and Ebony Magazine.
I believe my paintings to be spiritual expressions anchored in a strong sense of ancestral connection. It is my hope that my creations allow the viewer to experience something individual and distinctive. My intent is to foster dialogue on subject matter such as social injustice, race, gender equality and environment change. This is how I embrace the role of art activist.
Ultimately my work is an exploration of different cultural and socio-political experiences, moving us as a human race towards acceptance of our many differences.
My expressions celebrate life: joy, pain, and peace within the challenges and turmoil of our day-to-day life experiences. The universal themes of love, family and community always prevail in my messaging. My work represents both a celebration of and a triumph of our truth.