Portraits


Myles-Lea is widely known for his landscapes, however he also paints portraits of people.
This began when his friend Evelyn H. Lauder asked him to paint her portrait several times whilst he was living in NYC in 2003-4.

Myles-Lea uses a traditional technique first developed by the masters of the Italian Renaissance. Whilst studying in the library at The Courtauld Institute when Myles-Lea was reading the History of Art and Architecture at The University of London, he discovered how to pre-pare his own support by mixing gesso and applying this to either Belgian linen or wooden panels. After laying a sepia 'ground' onto the gessoed surface he paints the entire composition in monochrome, and this is finally 'glazed' with layers of coloured oils.
This is called the 'verdaccio' technique, and although it is an extremely time-consuming method, it ensures that the portrait has a tonal richness and a great sense of depth.

Myles-Lea uses oil paints manufactured by 'Old Holland', a company which once supplied Dutch masters such as Vermeer, van Ruysdael and van Gogh. The pigments are ground between porphyry rollers rather than steel which ensures their purity of colour and permanence.

Myles-Lea's sitters include Miranda Rock, the chatelaine of Burghley House and the curator of the Royal Collection; Countess Caroline de Guitaut. He also creates photographic portraits and his most notable sitter is Sir Roy Strong.



Evelyn H. Lauder, NYC, 2004
Oils on canvas 14" x 14"
Miranda Rock, UK, 2009
Oils on canvas 14” x 14”
Stephen Little, UK, 2004
Oils on canvas 14" x 14"
Caroline Eves, UK, 2012
Oils on canvas 14" x 14"
Brian Avon USA, 2004
Oils on canvas 14” x 14”



Silvia Badiali, UK, 2012
Oils on canvas 30" x 14"
Sir Roy Strong in Elizabethan Costume
Photographic portrait, 2010

House & Garden Portraits

Portraits of houses and gardens in oils to commission


Abstracts

Geometric,
Art-Deco inspired paintings in oils.




Blog

Myles-Lea's blog contains posts about art, architecture, design. Museum visits, gallery reviews and travel.

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