Bartram Hiles was born in Bristol, and after a precocious interest in art, suffered at the age of eight the loss of both arms in a tramcar accident. By means of extreme willpower, he was able to learn to draw with his mouth, first pencil designs, and later watercolour and oil. He attended art classes at the Merchant Venturers' Technical College, Bristol, and later won a scholarship to the National Art Training School. At that institution he won several prizes. Subsequently he visited Paris, then returning to London where he worked in decoration and exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of British Artists.
Hiles produced decorative schemes for friezes, wallpapers and books, working in a very art nouveau style. I have not seen any of his paintings reproduced.