Overview

Harland Miller is a British artist and author who is best known for his large-scale, photo-realistic paintings, posters, and prints of vintage Penguin book covers. Born in 1964 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Miller received both his BA and MA from the Chelsea College of Art in London, where he currently lives and works.

 

Biography

British artist and novelist Harland Miller is best known for painting canvases that resemble Penguin book covers. The motif allows him to explore the relationships between words, images, and the process of producing meaning—themes he embraces in his sculptures and mixed-media works, as well. Miller is interested in authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway and artists including Ed Ruscha, Mark Rothko, Anselm Kiefer, and Robert Rauschenberg.

 

On his paintings, he occasionally invents witty book titles—like Hate’s Outta Date! (2017) or International Lonely Guy (2002), for example—to send up classical literary tropes. Celebrities including Ed Sheeran and Rachel Weisz have collected Miller’s work, which has sold at auction for six-figure prices. Miller has exhibited around the world, with solo shows in London, Hong Kong, Berlin, Paris, and New York, among other cities.

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