Miles Regis is known for his intricate mixed media paintings which often fuse image with text, making astute social and cultural commentary. His visual narrative is firmly based in the rich tradition and evolution of masquerades in his native Trinidad. Regis’s work is an emotional response to his life as a Black immigrant in America of 31 years. He has been painting commentary on race relations with a positive and unifying message his entire career.
Regis grew up in a large artistic family, which nurtured his creativity. He excelled at painting, singing and writing. After a fledgling music career in Trinidad, he moved to Los Angeles where he began his studies at USC in 1989. His creativity soared in this new environment which lead him to pick up painting again. Music is still a significant part of his creative process today. Poems and one-liners inspired by every day events incite his paintings. Regis’s canvases are a dynamic visual narrative that transforms the pain and ugliness of our contemporary world into an idiosyncratic beauty.
“It’s easy to compare noteworthy contemporary artists to those who’ve gone before. In the case of Miles Regis, a Trinidadian-born multi-media artist based in Los Angeles, that associative list is undeniably impressive: Basquiat, Gaugin, Pollock, Dali and Rivera to name a few. But Regis did not learn his craft studying the Masters of Art History. Regis began organically, in the influences of his childhood in the Caribbean – of Carnival and calypso – and from watching Caribbean artists like his uncle, Alexander King.”
– Flavia Colgan, Huffington Post
Miles Regis has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums such as the California African American Museum, the Peel Art Gallery in Ontario and the Santa Monica Museum. His work is in public collections such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, the Californian African American Museum, the Intel Corporation and other notable collections such as Halle Berry, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee and Russell Westbrook.
The show runs from January 8th to March 5th, 2022.