Harland Miller

Harland Miller is a British artist and author who is best known for his satirical photo-realistic large-scale paintings and prints of vintage Penguin book covers exploring the relationship between imagery, storytelling and the process of producing meaning as well as the frequent disconnect between representation and reality. Dusty jackets and scuffed covers give his works the worn look of a well-read book, spines peeling and pages often browning, hinting to their fragility in the face of time. Visibly aged like a much loved penguin classic, he frequently uses motifs of dripping paint with smudged, muted tones adding a sense of both melancholy and nostalgia alongside his humorous, reimagined titles. With an interest in classic authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway and drawing influence from contemporary artists like Ed Ruscha, Mark Rothko, Anselm Kiefer, and Robert Rauschenberg, his style allows him to combine his passion for both literature and fine art, and through bringing together aspects of abstract and figurative painting, pop art, photorealism and a writer’s love of wordplay, Miller continues to rewrite his definition of fine art. Miller’s unique take on classic literary iconography has gathered enormous demand, and works have sold at auction for double their estimate price. As a result, many collectors and admirers are looking to buy his works as an investment. Celebrity collectors include pop star Ed Sheeran, actress Rachel Weisz, supermodel Brooklyn Decker and interior designer Tara Bernerd. Harland Miller was born in Yorkshire in 1964 and studied at Chelsea School of Art, graduating in 1988 with an MA. Group exhibitions include 'Fools Rain', ICA, London (1996), 'Direct Painting', Kunsthalle, Mannheim (2004), 'Summer Exhibition', Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005, 2006) and 'The Sculpture in the Close', Jesus College, Cambridge (2013). Solo exhibitions include 'Don't Let the Bastards Cheer You Up', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2009), and 'The Next Life's On Me', White Cube Hoxton Square, London (2012). In late 2012, Miller had his first solo show at Ingleby Gallery entitled 'Overcoming Optimism'. He currently lives and works in London.

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