Miles Regis (born November 28, 1967), is a Los Angeles-based Trinidadian multimedia artist. His media includes oil, acrylic, charcoal, latex paint and occasional newspaper. A USC graduate, he has honed a technique over the years that incorporates drip painting and collage work. His work has appeared in association with CNN, Intel Corporation, Art Basel Miami, Coachella Music And Art Festival, California African American Museum, Million Dollar Listing, NextAid World's Day, CCH Pounder (Avatar, The Shield), Nicolette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), American Rag Cie, Manifest Equality, Senegal's La Musee Borindar, Adobe, Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) and several art communities around the country and throughout the world.
Miles Anthony Regis was born on November 28, 1967, in San Fernando, Trinidad, to Cynthia King and Fitzroy Regis. His mother was an active singer and actress in the theatre but later became an elementary school teacher and principal while his father, an avid jazz collector, worked as a public servant before becoming personnel managing director for the Caribbean's largest corporation, Neal & Massy Holdings Ltd. Upon retiring, he was appointed as a judge of the Industrial Court of Trinidad & Tobago. Miles and his sibling Marlon, born in 1971, were surrounded by the arts as children. There was constant exposure to art and many genres of music including their native steel drums and calypso, jazz, soul, funk, reggae, and hip-hop. His early artistic influences included many family members and included artists such as his uncle, artist Alexander Sylvester King, his aunt, actress/television personality Stephanie King, herself married to David Boothman, artist, musician, and nephew to the Holder brothers, Boscoe and Geoffrey. Miles would later contribute to David and brother Michael Boothman's jazz ensemble Kysofusion as lead singer for a brief tour which took them to the United States in 1988. Also shaping Miles's creativity was producer and musician Pelham Goddard who accompanied Miles on several of his early performances as well as his uncle, Jamaican writer and playwright Trevor Rhone whose film The Harder They Come and subsequent artistic ventures undoubtedly was a huge influence, as he witnessed the success of the author on the world stage.
Regis painted as well as performed as a vocalist for most of his childhood and teenage years. He competed in several art competitions as well as sang competitively in the classical, pop and calypso musical arenas. After completing high school, he worked as a much sought after vocalist in Trinidad. He wrote and sang on several radio and television jingles, as well as recorded and toured as the lead singer for the popular 15-member band Fireflight. It was during his two-year stint as lead singer with Fireflight that he met his girlfriend Luanne Salandy. The two left Trinidad in 1989 for the U.S., with Luanne moving to New York and Miles to Los Angeles. Luanne joined Regis in Los Angeles a year later, after he was accepted to the University of Southern California where he majored in creative writing. They married in 2000 and are the parents of son Djimon, born in 2003, and daughter Zion, born in 2006.
Although more personal expressions came through his songwriting (Regis was the youngest songwriter to place in the finals of the Copyright Music Organization of Trinidad & Tobago's Songwriters’ Festival in 1987), it would not be until 1996 that Regis rekindled his childhood love for paint and paintbrush. Less than a year later, in 1997 he got his first professional artist break, when one of his paintings was featured in Erykah Badu's Next Lifetime music video.
Regis is known for his work with drip painting and collage. His work consists mainly of oversized canvases, often stretching up to twenty-two feet in length and/or height. In addition to the larger pieces, the artist also finds himself drawn to stylized expressions on various sized canvas, linens, diptychs, triptychs and objects like cell phone cases, clothing and fashion accessories, recycled denim, newspapers, wood assemblage and most recently digital 3D. Miles' work has been described as "a force of a Caribbean nature, completely unstoppable and his creativity absolutely relentless".
Selections of his work are also available in print through Edition One Hundred.
Regis studied painting, singing and writing, worked as a singer in Trinidad, then pursued creative writing at USC. All of these influences are apparent in his work. Primitive figurative forms, often leaning toward abstraction, reflect his classic training. Dancing figures are in several pieces, while written statements on paintings draw on his creative writing background. His work has traces of his Trinidadian heritage. In a 2009 interview he spoke of a Trinidadian mythology series he has been working on: "In Trinidad, there are Soucouyants, La Diablesses and Duennes. I mean, it's based on Trinidadian folklore. So it's derived from Africa, our African heritage. Really just fascinating characters that we grew up in Trinidad hearing about. They are creatures of the night. He also spoke of his technique in the 2009 interview with The Art of The Interview: I tend to mix a lot of colors. At least, that's the direction I'm going in right now. And also mix different textures. Not to give away my secrets or anything, but I mix oil-based paint with water-based paint a lot. So it's who I am, a whole lot of mixture of cultures and experiences and people and variations going on. So all is expressed on that canvas, the best way that I can, you know."
Regis has developed exclusive merchandise for American Rag Cie, Zagg Incorporated, Music Skins and fashion mogul Tonny Sorensen. He also creates customized apparel for a wide range of clientele around the world. Philanthropy and humanitarian efforts have always been a part of Regi’ worldview. He has teamed with numerous non-profits over the years to garner support for issues such as AIDS/HIV Awareness, LBGT Equal Rights, children's art education, underserved community development and foreign relief efforts.
In 2010, Regis partnered with The Remedee Foundation in effort to bring art, film, and technology together for youth education in underserved communities around the world.
In January 2011, with the support from Intel and Adobe, and in conjunction with Art Technology Labs, Regis’ 3D Art Project made its debut exhibiting at CES inside the famed Intel Booth. Listed as one of the top 5 uses of 3D at CES by the International Business Times, the project is an artistic collaboration using original works from Regis and art technology visionary, Brian Quandt. The duo continued their 3D collaboration with Intel at the 2011 Coachella Music Festival. For the Coachella Valley Music And Art Festival and its 80,000 attendees, Regis created new canvas rendered to 3D. The work was entitled "The Music Peace". The work was part of the kick-off for an international tour with the Creators Project, a collaborative effort between Intel and Vice, celebrating art, music, and culture. For 2011, the Creator's Project toured Beijing, Seoul, Lyon, Paris, São Paulo, and New York.
Recent career highlightsEdit
Art Basel Miami, Manifest Justice 2015, bG Gallery, California African American Museum, HardEdged 2015, Buena Park City Hall, Solo Exhibit, 2012 Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito, 2012 Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles, 2012 Innovation Award Winner, New Media Film Festival, 2011 Coachella Music And Art Festival, Creator's Project, 2011 Joanne Artman Gallery, Solo Exhibit, 2011 The Works Gallery, Featured Artist, 2011 CES, Intel Partnership, 3D Art Exhibition 2011 Skin Deep, Group Exhibition, 2011 Made in America, Group Exhibition, 2011 Santa Monica Museum of Art, Group Exhibition, 2010 Miracle Mile Art Walk, Solo Exhibition, 2010 Brand Licensing, Zagg Incorporated, 2010 Manifest Equality, Featured Artist, 2010 American Rag Cie, Solo Exhibition, 2010 Pounder Kone Art Gallery, Solo Exhibition 2009  NextAid World's Aids Day, Featured Artist 2009 Brand Licensing, American Rag Cie, 2009 CNN African Voices, Featured Segment, 2009 Untitled Miles Regis Documentary, 2009–Present
- Miles Regis review in Artscene, http://www.artscenecal.com/articles/626-miles-regis Archived 2014-10-25 at the Wayback Machine
- "Who Is Miles Regis?", Huffington Post.
- Miles Regis solo exhibit at American Rag Cie "Artist Miles Regis’ 'Sketch Me Hollywood' Opening Reception To Be Held at American Rag Cie During MI", Online PR Media, 2010-04-15.
- Miles Regis as described by Steven Adams, The Art of The Interview with Steven Adams Episode 10 http://artofinterview.podomatic.com/entry/2010-02-10T12_13_35-08_00
- Miles Regis as described by Cat Jimenez, Edition One Hundred founder http://www.editiononehundred.com/exhibitions/iloveLA.php
- Edition One Hundred prints available at Modern Multiples Prints http://www.modernmultiplesinc.com/category/browse-inventory/miles-regis/
- "American Rag Cie presents Miles Regis "Tales That Vintage Told" : Elemental Consulting". web.archive.org. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
- Miles Regis discusses licensing art with Tonny Sorensen "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2012-03-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Miles Regis -- Behind the Scenes 'Making of a 3D art Piece for Coachella'", Art Technology Lab, 2011-04-11.
- International Business Times lists Miles Regis's 3D Art as top 5 uses for 3D, http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles_slideshows/98792/20110108/on-the-ces-floor-top-five-uses-ford_5.htm#article_header
- Creators Project/ Coachella, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2012-03-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Miles Regis exhibit listing, http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/81888-miles-regis?tab=EXHIBITS
- Buena Park City Hall Exhibit http://www.artslant.com/la/events/show/197976-the-art-of-miles-regis
- Miles Regis speaking at Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles 2012 - Affordable Art Fair Talk http://www.tout.com/m/gx0u20
- Miles Regis' "The Music Peace" wins the 3D Innovation Award at The New Media Film Festival 2011 http://www.minglemediatv.com/NMFFLosAngelesMay2011.html
- Laguna Beach Patch.
- Miles at CEShttp://www.alioscopyusa.com/content/customer-spotlight
- Miles Regis shows at Manifest Equality, Manifest Equality http://www.manifestequality.com/posts/meet-the-artist-miles-regis[permanent dead link]
- Miles Regis exhibit at Pounder Kone Gallery in June 2009, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-03-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Miles Regis contributes to World Aids Day
- Miles Regis hand painted customized clothing line available at American Rag Ciehttp://www.polyvore.com/american_rag_online_store_miles/thing?id=15505368