Miles has held 16 solo exhibitions since 2002 and his last one was of sculptural and installation works at Noosa Regional Gallery in 2018. He has shown work in over 100 group shows and competitions and currently is exhibiting sculptural works at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. He is represented in the collections of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, the Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and the Gold Coast University Hospital amongst others. In 2010 he completed one of the largest murals in Australia in Bella Vista, NSW. In 2016 he won the Sculpture on the Edge competition and in 2019 the Environment Award at Maleny. In 2019 he undertook a commission for the Floating Land Festival at Noosa and in 2020 had work in SWELL.
His work for many years has been an ongoing exploration into recycling a variety of materials to create geometrical artworks with lines and rhythms. More recently his work asks questions about our society and he likes to involve the public in interacting with his work. His art is about seeing beauty in ordinary things, creating order, crossing cultures, promoting conversations, joy, humour and repurposing.
2021 SWELL ARTWORK – 15,000 Declarations of Love, Miles Allen
We all have a need to express love in one form or another. This installation allows people to write a declaration of love on a brightly-coloured tag to whoever and whatever they wish. A large heart made from fallen branches into which people can walk and attach their message creates a place for viewers to reflect on love and to read and share the messages. The colour and the love expressed in the heart grows daily as more declarations of love are added until there are 15 000.
SWELL Kids Artist Statement – 15,000 Declarations of Love, Miles Allen
Is there someone or something that you really love? Choose a coloured tag and write down who you love and why. Tie the tag anywhere on the heart. You may like to read the other tags. Can you see how much love we have for each other?
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.