Joshua Miles was born in the Western Cape in South Africa in 1967. After early schooling in
Swellendam he completed high school in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. He then went on to
study at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town where he received the
Michaelis Prize for best student in his final year.
Joshua is one of those rare artists who has managed to to make a living solely from his art. He spent
many years painting oils on canvas but his passion has always been with reduction block printmaking.
Joshua’s influences in printmaking started at a young age watching his aunt Elsa Miles, artist and art
historian, doing woodcuts and later studying under Cecil Scotness at UCT. He is inspired by the play
of light on the landscape which leads him to explore his local areas. He is always hunting qualities of
light that evoke emotion. This is often the softer light that brings out the inbetween tones and greys
most would miss. This love of capturing the play of light is also found in reflections on water or
objects. He is also inspired by the impressionist style of loose mark making and the Japanese tradition
After finishing at UCT Joshua moved to Hermanus where he met his Scottish wife Angela. They have
been married more than 20 years and they have over the years lived and worked between South
Africa and Scotland. They work together in the business of selling Joshua’s art and have a home with
studio in both countries.
Joshua is a prolific worker and has exhibited extensively in groups and solo exhibitions and as a result
he has work in private homes and collections not only in his two home countries but also
internationally in America, Australia, France, Italy and Germany to name a few.