Today we’d like to introduce you to James Miille.
James, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve had my hands on a camera in some capacity for as long as I can remember, but my career as a professional artist really took off when I first moved to New York.
After I completed a year-long project of creating a dreamlike photo each day, my partner Alex and I formed a showcase of all 365 images in Manhattan’s NoLIta neighborhood. From there, I’ve had solo and group exhibitions in Paris, Miami, a handful of art fairs, and at Alex’s and my own art fair, Superfine!, which takes place in Miami, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles.
Starting Superfine! is how I’ve developed my artwork into what it is today. We’ve closely studied and kept our fingers on the pulse of the art market, and the fair’s model of transparency and approachability has extended to my own artwork. I’ve gone from recreational artist to business-forward artist, preserving the passion in my work but creating a structure and a funnel to it that brings it into more homes.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had some inconsistencies to my photo career for sure. I’ve bounced around after major art projects to trying out more commercial photography, but I’ve struggled balancing that with the other commitments in my life. Superfine! is definitely a double-edged sword when it comes to my own personal artwork. We’ve been able to create a platform for not only myself but for so many other artists and galleries, but between the fairs (each of which is a 4-5 day event in itself), we are completely focused on the back-end of the business. I’ve limited myself to exclusively fine art photography rather than trying to split my focus by taking on commercial/freelance endeavors as well, which pairs much better with Superfine! anyway (and is more fulfilling!).
We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a photographic artist, I sell limited edition prints at exhibitions, in art fairs, and online at www.jamesmiille.com/printshop. All of my prints are made with museum-quality silver rag fiber archival paper and are signed and editioned. I also have a by-appointment-only gallery at our Lincoln Road office called the Edge of Reality gallery where you can find my works as well as work from our director of exhibitor relations, Deming King Harriman.
As an independent artist, I’ve been proud to develop a steady career of selling my work and building collectors alongside producing an art fair in Miami as well as three other cities throughout the year. I would say that the level of detail and care that I put into each work while still keeping the final pieces approachably priced so that everyone can enjoy them is what sets me apart from a lot of what you see in the art world.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment in my career so far has been my recent series, “Within You and Without You”. I really got the chance to push the boundaries of my media while exploring some very personal themes. I already have another series lined up to follow this one, but this was the first time I really stopped to take a step back and reinvigorate my artwork with a stronger, more deliberate focus.
- 11″x14″ Prints – Edition of 5 – 1st edition starts at $590
- 20″x28″ Prints – Edition of 3 – 1st edition starts at $1,200
- 5″x7″ Prints – Edition of 15 – 1st edition starts at $150
- Website: www.jamesmiille.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/jamesmiille
- Facebook: facebook.com/jamesmiillephotography