TJ Miles was born in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland in 1965. He studied art until he left school at 16 to begin his working life. After a variety of positions he went back to part time education to retrain for a career in other fields, as he felt he had become trapped in the 9 to 5 routine of "normal" life.
Never one to remain still for long, he began to reinvent himself. He decided that he wanted more challenges in life and started channelling his energies in other areas. He returned to education to study art and psychology. Then decided to shift his interests towards sociology instead of art.
Thankfully, TJ turned back to art about 15 years ago to fulfil a need to record experiences living in Northern Ireland. Originally working in watercolours, then progressing to acrylics for more flexibility to mould with his imagination.
TJ's passions for travel and art have been constant companions for many years. His art fuses elements of European surrealism with aspects of Irish figuratism and the viewer may readily discern the influences of Dali, De Chirico, Magritte and Markey in his work.
TJ commutes between his homes in Ireland and Spain and his 'Mediterranean' palette brings warmth to the quiet places he so joyously celebrates. There tend to be few figures in his paintings as he prefers to offer uncluttered landscapes into which the viewer may place themselves
Limited edition prints of his work are readily available in many gift shops and stores worldwide, while his original paintings are now in private collections in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Serbia, Russia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as corporate and public collections in Europe. In fact, given that his collectors are spread so far and wide around the globe, it is safe to say that the sun never truly sets on the imagination and artworks of TJ Miles.
December 2001 Joint exhibition Kennys Art Gallery, Galway - August 2002 "Brothers-in-art" The Gallery, Downpatrick Two-man exhibition - November 2002 The Gallery, Downpatrick Two-man exhibition - December 2002 Kennys Art Gallery, Galway Joint exhibition - December 2002 Art Effect, Belfast One-man exhibition - May 2003 The John Hewitt, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast One-man exhibition - August 2003 Joint exhibition Irish Art Group, Portstewart - September 2003 One-man exhibition Balmoral Gallery, Lisburn Road, Belfast - October 2003 Halloween Joint Exhibition IrishArtGroup, Portstewart - November 2003 One-man exhibition Island Arts Centre, Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn - November 2003 Joint Exhibition IrishArtGroup, Art Ireland, RDS Dublin - March 2004 Joint Exhibition Irish Art Group, St. Patricks Day - April 2004 One-man exhibition St Patrick's Trian, Armagh - April 2004 Easter Joint exhibition Hughes Galleries Ltd, Portstewart - Sept/Oct 2004 One-man exhibition Green Gallery, St. Stephens Green, Dublin - July/August 2005 Joint exhibition Hughes Galleries Ltd, Portstewart - December 2005 Joint Christmas exhibition The Kenny Gallery, Galway - April 2006 Joint Easter exhibition Hughes Galleries Ltd, Portstewart - December 2006 Joint exhibition, Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland - December 2006 Joint exhibition, The Hughes Galleries, Portstewart, Ireland - Dec 2006/ Jan 2007 Joint exhibition, Sala Barna, Barcelona, Spain - Dec 2006/ Jan 2007 Joint exhibition, The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, England - January 2007 ‘Artpoints’, Hotel Montepiedra, Orihuela Costa, Spain - May 2007 Aldea Digital Cafe, Elche, Spain - May 2007 Homes and Gardens Show, Alicante, Spain - June 2007 Joint exhibition Marziart Internationale Galerie, Hamburg, Germany - July 2007 One-man exhibition, Aldea Digital, Elche, Spain - December 2007 Joint Christmas Exhibition, Green Gallery, Dublin, Ireland - December 2007 Hughes Galleries Ltd, Portstewart, Northern Ireland - December 2007 Joint Christmas exhibition, Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland - December 2007 Joint Christmas Exhibition, Fusion Gallery, Altea, Spain – February 2008 International exhibition, Take 5, Renfe, Torrevieja, Spain - September 2008 One-man exhibition, Green Gallery, Dublin, Ireland - October 2008 Joint exhibition, Paphos, Cyprus - November 2008 Joint Exhibition, Downpatrick, Ireland - December 2008 Joint Christmas exhibition, Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland - December 2008 Joint Christmas Exhibition, Green Gallery, Dublin, Ireland - March 2009 Joint Exhibition, Primopiano Gallery, Lecce, Italy - May 2009 Joint Exhibition ‘Volvo Round The World Yacht Race‘, Kenny Gallery, Ireland– November 2009 Joint exhibition Procomobel, Sønderborg køkkenet, Alicante, Spain – April 2010 Joint exhibition, Galleri Brødrene Vik, Syvde, Ålesund, Norway – May 2010 Joint exhibition, Los Aljibes, Torrevieja, Costa Blanca,Spain - May 2010 One-man exhibition, Club Paradiso, Alanya, Turkey – August 2010 One man exhibition, Lahinch, Ireland – September 2010 Joint exhibition, Lisbon, Portugal – October 2010 Joint exhibition Guardamar, Spain - November 2010 Joint exhibition, Ireland Art Fair, Dublin, Ireland - December 2010 Joint exhibition/Book launch The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland - February 2011 Joint exhibition, Skandinova, Torrevieja, Spain – March 2011 One-Man exhibition/demonstration, The Kenny Gallery, Galway, Ireland – August 2011 One-Man exhibition 'The Quiet Man Art Exhibition', Pat Cohan's Bar, Cong, Ireland - May 2012 One-Man exhibition, La Casita Del Arte, La Mata, Spain - June 2012 One-Man exhibition 'The Quiet Man 60th Anniversary Exhibition', The Doorway Gallery, Dublin, Ireland - August 2012 One-Man exhibition, Pat Cohan's Bar, Cong, Ireland - November 2012 Joint exhibition, Ireland Art Fair, Dublin, Ireland
Corporate and Public Collections:
The British Consul, Alicante, Spain
Danny La Rue, Actor and Entertainer, UK
Patricia O'Neill (daughter of Irish artist Daniel O'Neill 1920-1974)
Pat Cohan's Bar, Cong (Innisfree), Ireland
Gerard Farrelly, musician (son of Dick Farrelly)
Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Dublin
Red Horse Innovation & Design, Aarhus, Denmark
VHI Healthcare, Cork, Ireland
S. E. Education and Library Board,
Mako Enterprises Ltd. Alicante, Spain
Galleri Brødrene Vik, Ålesund, Norway
Vanylven kommune, Norway
Pearl Investments, Alanya, Turkey
Hotel Du Guesclin, Mont Saint Michel, France
D. Hobson, International Sales Director, Konstanz, Germany
John Morris, Irish artist
John Connery, Irish artist
and Santa Claus, the Polar Circle, Norway