TJ Miles
Irish Contemporary Landscape Artist, Surrealist. Biography, Paintings.


TJ Miles (b.1965)

The contemporary landscape artist and Surrealistic figure painter TJ Miles was born in County Antrim in 1965. Uncertain of his precise career path, Miles first studied drawing and painting, then started earning a living, then returned to part-time education and completed a second level art qualification followed by courses in psychology and sociology. Later, however, he returned to painting full-time in order to express his experiences in Northern Ireland.

Miles began painting in watercolours, then progressed to using more flexible acrylics for the greater degree of flexibility they allowed him. His parallel interest in travel also helped to shape his art, which gradually became more experimental with clear signs of surrealism and the influence of painters such as the Magic Realist Giorgio De Chirico and the Surrealists Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. His vibrant 'Mediterranean' colour schemes also enhance the mood of his paintings.


TJ Miles' new style was well received by critics and others in the Irish art market. Latterly, he has also produced a more abstract and naïve style of painting with more traditional images.

TJ Miles' artworks have been exhibited in a number of art shows, while limited edition prints of his paintings are available in gift shops and stores worldwide. His work is represented in private collections in Ireland, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Serbia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as corporate and public collections in Europe. One of the most original contemporary painters on the Irish visual arts scene, Miles divides his time between Spain and Ireland.

Most Expensive Painting By TR Miles

The auction record for a work by Thomas Rose Miles was set in 2007, when his landscape painting, entitled Weed Gatherers, West Coast of Ireland, was sold at Christie's, in London, for £36,000.

More Information About Visual Arts in Ireland

• For details of other surrealist painters and sculptors, see: Irish Artists: Paintings and Biographies.
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