Apache artist Douglas Miles who is painting one of the 12 murals for Art For Rights on Dec 12th in New Orleans, LA, is a San Carlos Apache-Akimel O’odham painter, printmaker, muralist, and photographer from Arizona. Art For Amnesty interviewed D Miles for you.
What are the main subjects you deal with within your practice?
Native American (Apache) subject matter will always be important to me. Written history of this country seems to have omitted the battle for independence my tribes fought for. Much of my work is a reflection of the unheard and unseen reality of Apache and tribal history in America.
Are there topics you are uncomfortable dealing with in your work? If so, why?
I don’t deal with the topic of death or hopelessness enough. I would rather deal with building solutions than the problematic systematic forces that we face daily. At the same time I do not deny hard issues, but acknowledge that we need to strive to inspire, encourage and out-think oppression and its oppressors.
What are your goals as an artist? What drives you?
I hope to inspire people to know that their voice counts no matter where they are from. The art of tribal people/ people of color is probably the most powerful weapon we possess in our “survival arsenal.”
What inspired you to express your art through murals?
Graffiti art has always inspired me as a purely “tribal” art form. It speaks to various communities immediately. My murals are an extension of that graffiti and street art sensibility which turns any alley or wall into a world class museum or canvas.
Tell us about the mural you’ll be painting during Art For Rights.
The power of art, the written word, and social media can not be underestimated. Power hungry systems want to silence critics of its own brand of systemic oppression. I plan to address what this looks like in my mural.
If there was one thing you could fix in this world what would it be?
I would like to see artists of color/ tribal people have more access to be able to tell more stories via art, films, literature, and music about the beautiful tapestry of our tumultuous times. Good stories can build bridges of understanding between cultures .
I am honored to be a part of Art For Amnesty:
Write For Rights in New Orleans
The Douglas Miles X Mark Bahti Mural
In Santa Fe NM
A Prayer For The OG
Dear God please
protect the o,g.’s
through a lot,
seen a lot,
done a lot,
helped a lot,
been fought hard
won some, lost some
can’t stop won’t stop.
You Used To Call Me On My Res Phone
Apache Artist Douglas Miles talks about his art and gives advice to young artists. Special thanks to Neoglyphix: The Original All Indigenous Live Aerosol Art Exhibition. Directed by Maxie Ruan , all rights reserved Apache Skateboards Ltd.
The Apache Taxi Driver
Directed by Douglas Miles
W Kris Chee as Apache Travis Bickle
Douglas Miles at Neoglyphix 2015: Arizona State Museum, Tucson AZ
A first of its kind ground breaking show, Neoglyphix: The original all indigenous aerosol art exhibition was held on Oct. 24th. 20 artists from various tribal backgrounds came to paint. These are the photos from the piece I did and some process shots as well as visitors.
A short video is also forthcoming detailing my work here. I was honored to have been invited for the second year in a row.
Thank You all for following Douglas Miles & Apache Skateboards. I’ve neglected to update this site as much I want to. You can follow also via IG : @dmiles1_apache @instapache1 @whattribeproject and also Twitter @apachesk8boards @douglasmilesart @WhatTRIBE . It’s so easy to use the other social media platforms that I forget my own website but thanks for your patience.
I’m still making art, the Apache Team is still skating and we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Please stay tuned.
This photo is from “Neoglyphix” at Arizona State Museum. A short video is next.
Apache Crown Dancer by Douglas Miles
Today I placed this rare item on EBAY
This was done for a Native American Art Festival in 1996. I was selected as the poster artist. Very rare and in mint condition and available now if you find it.