Some of my earliest memories are of taking things apart, usually in such a way that they could not be put back together again. How things are put together - how they work - was a secret that I had to unravel. As Arthur C. Clark said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." I wanted to learn the secret. 

Trying to discover how things work was eventually followed by trying to find out why things work - including human and social factors like behavior and economics. Using the rigorous analytical methods of my industrial design training I tried to figure out why things don't work. As such I’ve been called cynical, but only by those who lack the power of accurate observation. I prefer to think of myself as a skeptical optimist.

That some of my work is displayed upside down is simply a reflection of my world view. Art - long before the capital 'A' Art of the Renaissance - has been driven not by creative vision but by commerce and as such is a near-perfect reflection of society.

I blame Warhol ("Art is what you can get away with.") although he clearly wasn't the first. Andy just took the anti-art of Dada to The Factory floor. Some find notoriety by being the first to exploit some tiny previously unexplored niche, some find it by being outrageous in some way. Others capitalize on marketing - for which the outrageous is a perfect vehicle. I do not consider this to be either art or success.

This becomes my point of departure. My work contemplates the relationship between artist, medium and product – and thus the very nature of art itself. It is a parody of parodies, which of course makes it a tribute as well, with no small irony.

Miles Jaffe
b. 1958, Berkeley CA
BFA Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design 1980


2019 Moniker Art Fair, New York NY
2019 Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco CA
2019 Keyes Art Gallery, Sag Harbor NY
2019 Philadelphia Fine Art Fair, Philadelphia PA
2019 Solo Show, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles CA
2019 Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs CA
2019 Keyes Art Gallery, Wellington FL
2018 SCOPE Art Fair, Miami FL
2018 Harvest Festival Pop Up Exhibition, Southampton NY
2018 George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Batshit Crazy Man’s Gallery, West Palm Beach FL
2018 Solo Show, Thief and Liar Gallery, Sag Harbor NY
2018 Reveal Art Fair, Saratoga Springs, NY
2018 George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Ark Market Hamptons, Bridgehampton NY
2018 Sag Cinema Benefit , Sag Harbor NY
2018 Benefit for The Retreat, East Hampton NY
2018 Art Market San Francisco
2018 SCOPE Art Fair, New York, NY
2018 Mark Borghi Gallery, New York, NY
2018 Art Palm Springs , Palm Springs, CA
2018 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Form Art Fair, South Beach, Miami FL
2017 SOFA Art Fair, Chicago, IL
2017 Solo Show, Monika Olko Gallery, Sag Harbor NY
2017 RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2017 Janet Lehr Fine Art, East Hampton, NY
2016 Springs Invitational, East Hampton NY
2016 Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2016 RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor NY
2016 Guild Hall, East Hampton NY
2016 Chase Edwards Gallery, Bridgehampton NY
2004 Bridgehampton Historical Society, Bridgehampton, NY
2004 East End Arts Council Invitational, Riverhead, NY
2003 Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY
2003 East End Arts Council Invitational,  Riverhead, NY
2002 AE Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2001 Color Fields, Bridgehampton NY
2000 Conservatory of Dance Arts, Bridgehampton NY
2000 The Ritual Objects of Cosmology, World Wide Web Exhibit
2000 Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton NY
2000 Corcoran Gallery, Sag Harbor NY
2000 Color Fields, Bridgehampton NY


2018 Selection / InstaSelect / Mark Borghi Fine Art
2017 Selection / The 8th Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show
2016 Selection / The 7th Annual Hamptons Juried Art Show
1993 Honorable Mention / The Architecture Society of Atlanta
1988 Award of Merit / The American Institute of Architects
1988 Certificate of Excellence In Design / NYS Association of Architects


The Hamptons Dictionary, Platinum Edition, The Disinformation Company, 2008
The Hamptons Dictionary, Complete Fabrications Ltd., 2007
Nuke The Hamptons (.com), a simulator constructed in virtual reality, 2001


Miles Jaffe and art as an (ironic) tribute to the art, 9 March 2019
As an Experiment ... ArtNet News, 12 March 2018
Exhibit Offers Wry Commentary, Hamptons ArtHub, 25 August 2017
The Son Also Rises, HC&G, 15 August 2017
Like Father, Like Son, Modern Magazine, 16 June 2017
Discovery of Self, Sag Harbor Express, 12 May 2016
Providing Hope, American Art Collector, May 2016
Lifestyles of the HAMPTONS RICH and (IN)FAMOUS, BBC World News, 16 July 2008
Jitney Can't Take A Joke, Page Six, New York Post, 2 July 2008
Everything To Be 'Hample' in The Hamptons This Summer, New York Observer, 23 May 2008
Hangin' In The Hamptons, Newsday, 20 May 2008
Deeds & Don’ts, Hamptons Cottage and Gardens, 15 July 2007
Hamptons Redefined, Newsday, 2 August 2007
Slam Hamptons, New York Post, 1 July 2007
Explosive, Hamptons Magazine, 29 June 2007
Do You Speak Hamptonese, Dan’s Papers, 4 July 2007
New Lexicon Skewers The Hamptons Lifestyle, The Southampton Press, 7 June 2007
The Hamptons Dictionary, East Hampton Star, 6 June 2007
A Devil's Dictionary for the Hamptons, Sag Harbor Express, 31 May 2007
The End of the Hamptons, Corey Dolgon, New York University Press, 2005
Guilty Pleasures, New York Magazine, 2001
Bomb the Base, Financial Times (London), 23 June 2001
Hot Summer, W Magazine, June 2001
Rebel in Paradise, New York Observer, 28 May 2001
Hamptons Road Warriors Get a War Game, Newsday, 16 June 2001