Artist Biography - Harland Miller
Harland Miller is a writer and artist, best known for his satirical paintings of reimagined Penguin classics. Bringing together aspects of pop art, abstract and figurative painting, large-scale photorealism and a writer’s love of words, Miller is rewriting the definition of fine art.
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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 Harland Miller art as an investment. Here at Maddox Gallery, we are delighted to represent his work in the heart of London’s Mayfair.
Born in Yorkshire, Miller has travelled extensively, with time spent living in New York, Paris and Berlin before he returned to the UK to study at the Chelsea College of Art.Described as an “it guy,” his friendship group includes the likes of renowned art dealer Jay Jopling and musician Jarvis Cocker. As friend and artist Max Wigram claims, “Harland never follows fashion, fashion has followed him.”
After graduating the artist moved to New York until returning to Europe in 1992. He marked his return to Europe by moving to Berlin where he began writing. By 1994 he was living and working in Paris and he exhibited at the Galerie Louis XIV. After more extensive travels, Miller finally returned to the UK in 1996 where he carried on writing as well as painting.
Miller first achieved critical acclaim with his writing. His debut novel, ‘Slow down Arthur, Stick to Thirty’ (2000), featured a kid who travels around northern England with a David Bowie impersonator. In the same year, Miller published the novella, ‘First I was Afraid, I was Petrified’, based on the true story of a female relative with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
In 2001 Miller produced a group of paintings based of the vintage jackets of Penguin books; combining the motif inherent in the Penguin book, the artist seamlessly married aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting at once, with his writer's love of text. His use of muted tones and painterly brushstrokes translates the worn character of a used book, yet often express subversive sociopolitical critiques.
Miller held a place as the Writer in Residence at the ICA in 2002. Over the course of his residence he programmed a number of events drawing from his experience in literature and fine art.
In 2008 the artist curated a group exhibition called 'You dig the tunnel, I'll hide the soil' in homage to Edgar Allen Poe, in celebration of the bicentenary of his birth. Staged at both the White Cube Hoxton and Shoreditch Town Hall. Miller exhibited several new works including an installation in Hoxton Square that deceived many visitors.