Previous Career: Chartered Accountant
Current Career: Artist and Consultant
Roger Miles worked for 32 years as a chartered accountant for Deloitte, and was a senior partner for 20 years. In 2009, he hung up his abacus and went to Chelsea College of Arts, being awarded a BA in Fine Art with 1st class honours.
Roger’s final College show in 2014 was an immersive experience that focused on the interaction between visitor and artist. The installation recreated a ‘70s record store in a mobile library, with most of the contents coming from his previous art residency at a recycling centre. He is interested in collections and in memorialising objects and their histories. Bright Old Things marks Roger’s second stint at Selfridges, of which he says: “During Christmas in 1975, I worked for four weeks in the bedspread department. I had just started my accounting degree, Bohemian Rhapsody was at number one and punk music was just around the corner. I was working hard to convince customers to convert from bedspreads to the new-fangled duvet from Scandinavia. Almost 40 years later, I have returned as an artist – just don’t ask me about tog values…”
Framed cyanotype prints (£275) in six styles will be sold in-store and online, as well as a one-of-a-kind mixed media canvas (£2,750). The canvas artwork will be showcased across framed and unframed prints, a notebook and tote bag (£40, £10, £12.50 and £15)