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b. 1964, United Kingdom

Harland Miller Biography

Harland Miller was born in York in 1964 and currently lives and works in London and Yorkshire. After completing an MA in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art & Design he moved to New York, where he lived and worked for several years. 

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In 1992 he moved back to Europe, first to newly reunified Berlin where he began writing. By 1994 he was living and working in Paris, where he exhibited at the Galerie Louis XIV. After more extensive travels Miller eventually returned to the UK in 1996 where he carried on writing as well as painting.
In 2001 he achieved critical acclaim for his debut novel Slow Down Arthur, Stick To Thirty and in 2002 he occupied the Writer in Residency post at the ICA. This was followed by his first one-man show, To Jean – A Small Memento of a Great Effort, at the White Cube Gallery in 2003. Miller combined both writing and painting when he curated a group show at the White Cube gallery, You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, in 2009, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe. As well as writing fiction he is a regular contributor to the Observer and the Guardian.  

His paintings of books simultaneously provide a subject for the painter and an outlet for the writer. They combine the emotive possibilities of abstract expressionism with the quick punch of words to deliver their message, and for all the macho grist of their making, and often  overwhelming scale, they somehow express a frailty that hints at the human condition. As Miller has said: "Painting is the worst medium to express narrative, but perhaps the best to hit a nerve."

Recent solo exhibitions include, The Next  ife’s On Me, White Cube (2012), LAB, Beirut (2011) and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2009). Miller published his first novel, Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty, to critical acclaim, in 2000 and was writer in residence at the ICA in 2002.

Harland Miller Featured Artworks

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Thought After Filthy Though by Harland Miller contemporary artwork
Harland MillerThought After Filthy ThoughEtching with relief printing
148 x 89 cm
Maddox Gallery Contact Gallery
I'll Never Forget What I Can't Remember by Harland Miller contemporary artwork
Harland MillerI'll Never Forget What I Can't Remember, 2019Oil on silkscreen

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Reflex Amsterdam
Who Cares Wins by Harland Miller contemporary artwork
Harland MillerWho Cares Wins, 2019Hand-finished print
135 x 109.5 cm
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Reflex Amsterdam
Armageddon by Harland Miller contemporary artwork
Harland MillerArmageddon, 2017Etching with blockprinting
120 x 119.5 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery
You Can Rely On Me I'll Always Let You Down by Harland Miller contemporary artwork
Harland MillerYou Can Rely On Me I'll Always Let You Down, 2011Screen print
184 x 146 cm
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Reflex Amsterdam
If Everything's Right What's Wrong by Harland Miller contemporary artwork
Harland MillerIf Everything's Right What's Wrong, 2013oil on paper
164 x 134 cm
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Reflex Amsterdam
Happiness by Harland Miller contemporary artwork
Harland MillerHappiness, 2017Aquatint etching with blockprinting
178.5 x 120 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery

Harland Miller Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, New Beginnings at Reflex Amsterdam
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6 January–17 February 2018 Group Exhibition New Beginnings Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Harland Miller, Wherever You Are Whatever You're Doing This One's For You at Reflex Amsterdam
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20 September–24 November 2013 Harland Miller Wherever You Are Whatever You're Doing This One's For You Reflex AmsterdamAmsterdam

Harland Miller Represented By

Ingleby Gallery contemporary art gallery in Edinburgh, United Kingdom Ingleby Gallery Edinburgh
Paragon contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Paragon London
Reflex Amsterdam contemporary art gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands Reflex Amsterdam Amsterdam

Harland Miller In Video & Audio

The Making of Harland Miller's print The Me I Never Knew Related Video & Audio The Making of Harland Miller's print The Me I Never Knew 24 July 2015, Other Criteria

Harland Miller's works switch between being sardonic, hilarious and nostalgic as his own phrases replace the original titles of Penguin books.

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