Myles Calvert was born in Collingwood, Ontario (Canada). He attended the University of Guelph with a focus in printmaking and art history, before travelling to London, UK where he completed his MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art (University for the Arts, London). Major bodies of work included mass installations of screen printed toast and the idolization of popular British celebrity culture. During this time he worked for the National Portrait Gallery at Trafalgar Square before moving to Hastings in East Sussex to teach printmaking at Sussex Coast College and become Duty Manager of the newly built Jerwood Gallery (contemporary to modern British art). Toast continued with a 43000 slice installation during the Queen’s ‘Diamond Jubilee’ with college students, drawing BBC media attention and culminated in two solo exhibitions before making a return to the University of Guelph to teach Advanced and Experimental Printmaking. Myles is currently a Visiting Professor in Expanded Print Media at Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics and a Sessional Instructor at OCADU (Ontario College of Arts and Design University) in Toronto, Canada.
Current work explores the relationships that develop between everyday objects and popular culture interferences. Following the ideals of Romanticism, emphasis is given to an individual experience of emotion. A moment of spontaneity allows for humour and a subtle twist to avoid an overwhelming glorification of the past through objects of the mundane. Influences are heavily drawn from contemporary and modern printmakers such as Richard Hamilton, René Magritte, and the self-promoting antics of the YBA (Young British Artist) culture. Unique surfaces are explored through print, with special attention to toast most recently. A staple food. A universally recognized item. A set time of day is assumed if consumed. “What is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?” – Richard Hamilton.