Harland Miller (British, b.1964) is a notable artist and writer who has contributed to the Abstract Art and Figurative Art movement in the 21st century. Born in Yorkshire, UK, Miller earned his BA and MA in Art History from the Chelsea College of Art in London, UK. After receiving his degrees, Miller traveled extensively throughout London, Germany, and the United States.
Miller lived and exhibited his work in New York, Berlin, and New Orleans. In 2000, Miller achieved critical acclaim for his first novel, Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty, which featured a young boy who travels around England on adventures with a David Bowie impersonator. In 2001, the artist painted a series of paintings based on the covers of Penguin classic dust covers. In this series, Miller combined Pop Art, Abstraction, and Figurative paintings. He continues to create works with this theme.
He is best known for his large-scale, Photorealist paintings of vintage Penguin book covers. A critically acclaimed novelist as well as an influential painter, his practice explores the combination of image and text, similar in scope to American artist Ed Ruscha. “There's always been this compunction to write on pictures,” he has observed. The covers he paints often feature his own invented, sardonic titles combined with the iconic Penguin logo. His muted tones and painterly brushstrokes imbue his canvases with the worn character of a used book, yet nevertheless manage to convey a contemporary, subversive sociopolitical critique.
Miller was named the Writer in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA, in 2002. In 2008, Miller was named the curator at an exhibit to celebrate the birth of Edgar Allen Poe. Poe has been a consistent source of inspiration to Miller''s work.
Miller currently lives and works in London. His solo exhibitions include those held at the White Cube in London, Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, among others. Miller's work will exhibit at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery as part of our Mix: Summer Group Show 2016, opening on July 29th.