Following a successive run of print collaborations, this new portfolio edition with Harland Miller consists of three silkscreen prints hand finished with gold leaf.
Continuing from his renowned series of works based of the dust jackets of Penguin books, Miller combines the style inherent in the Penguin plays and finds a way to marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting at once, with his writer’s love of text. The ensuing images are humorous, sardonic and nostalgic at the same time, while the painting style hints at the dog-eared, scuffed covers of Penguin books themselves, giving the feeling of familiarity assonated with a loved book.
See Harland Miller working on a silkscreen print, watch the video on our blog.
Harland Miller was born in Yorkshire in 1964. 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 whilst exhibiting at the Prisunic Gallery. 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 1996/97 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.
Harland Miller lives and works in London and Yorkshire and is currently adapting one of his books in conjunction with the British Film Council. He is also working on a book of photographs about the cultural effect of Dracula on Whitby called Are You Unhappy Darling? Oh Yes!! Completely!!! As well as writing fiction he is a regular contributor to the Observer and the Guardian.
Solo shows include Dear Son, This Is One Of The Last Of My Few Remaining Pre-Marital Possessions – Look After It Won’t You…Love Dad, Marian Boesky Gallery, New York; Don’t Let The Bastards Cheer You Up, The Baltic Museum; I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember, The Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam; Butterside Down, Galleria Maribini, Bologna.
Publications include First I Was Afraid I Was Petrified (a study of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) (2000), Book Works, London and International Lonely Guy (2007), Rizolli, New York