Harland Miller (b. 1964, Yorkshire, UK) is a painter and a novelist. His writing and painting have developed synchronously and come together in his most iconic artworks, The Penguin Book Series. Based on the dust covers of Penguin books, Miller found 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.

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INSTITUTIONS

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Don’t Let the Bastards Cheer You Up

Don’t Let the Bastards Cheer You Up

22 May – 19 July 2009

The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
Exhibitionism: The Art of Display

Exhibitionism: The Art of Display

20 January 2010 – 20 July 2011

BIOGRAPHY

Miller moved to New York after finishing his MA at Chelsea College of Art, London.  Success with his painting in New York encouraged Miller to travel and he spent the following years living in New Orleans, Paris and Berlin.  In 2002 he occupied the Writer in Residency post at the ICA which led to the publishing of his first novel, the critically acclaimed Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty.

Tonight We Make History (P.S I Can’t Be There) at Blain Southern in 2016 was Miller’s first solo exhibition in Germany, marking twenty five years since the artist lived in Berlin.  Departing from his use of appropriated imagery, the works incorporated Miller’s own designs, another first for the artist.  He took formal and conceptual inspiration from the abstract geometrical covers of popular psychology books of the 60’s and 70’s, an era when positive messaging often masked societal neurosis.

Miller’s solo exhibitions include: In Dreams Begin Monsters, Palacio Quintanar, Segovia, ES (2015); Don’t Let the Bastards Cheer You Up, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2009) and First I was Afraid; I was Petrified, Fig.-1, London, UK (2000).

Notable group shows include Hay Festival, Museum Esteban Vincente, Segovia, ES (2015); Cool Britannia, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, KR (2012); Exhibitionism, The Art of Display, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK (2010); Direct Painting, Kunsthalle Mannheim, DE (2004); Fools Rain, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK (1996).

 

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1964 Born in Yorkshire, UK
Lives and works in London, UK


EDUCATION

1984   
BA Chelsea College of Art, London

1987   
MA Chelsea College of Art, London


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
One Bar Electric Memoir, White Cube Mason’s Yard, London, UK

2016   
Tonight We Make History (P.S. I Can’t Be There), Blain|Southern Berlin, DE

2015   
Harland Miller: In Dreams Begin Monsters, Palacio Quintanar, Segovia, ES

2013   
Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
A DECISIVE BLOW AGAINST IF, Other Criteria, London, UK

2012
The Next Life’s On Me, White Cube, London, UK
On Overcoming Optimism, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Penguin Series, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, IT       

2011   
Rocky VI, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
Have You Ever Stopped To Wonder Why You’re Not Here, LAB Art, Beirut, LB

2010
Butterside Down, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, IT
I'll Never Forget What I Can't Remember, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

2009
Harland Miller: Don’t Let the Bastards Cheer You Up, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

2007
Siesta Forever – Come on and Sing My Song, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, Long Island, US

2005   
Dear Son, This is one of the last of my few remaining pre marital possessions – look after it won’t you, Love Dad, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, US

2002   
To Jean, A Small Memento for a Great Effort, Love Alan, White Cube, London, UK

2000   
First I was Afraid; I was Petrified, Fig.-1, London, UK

1995   
Harland Miller, Enrico Navarra Gallery, Paris, FR
You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil, Fakhoury Steinitz Gallery, Paris, FR

1992   
Kimono My Place, Louis XIV Gallery, Paris, FR

1991   
Love Saves the Day, Prisunic Gallery, New York, US

1990   
Rovers Return, Prisunic Gallery, New York, US

1989   
Here comes Everyone, Watermans Art Centre, London, UK


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016   
Never Judge a Book…, Meadowarts, UK

2015   
Hay Festival, Museum Esteban Vincente, Segovia, ES

2014   
What Marcel Duchamp taught me, Fine Arts Society, London, UK

2013   
Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK

2012   
AKA Peace, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London, UK
Cool Britannia, Gallery Hyundai, New Space, Seoul, KR

2010   
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK
Exhibitionism, The Art of Display, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK

2009   
Different Places, Different Stories, König-Heinrich-Platz, Duisburg, DE
Inspired, Mitchell Library (City Museum), Glasgow, UK
TURPS BANANA 1, Galleria Marabini, Milan, IT
TURPS BANANA 2, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, IT

2008   
You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, White Cube, Hoxton Square and Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK
Voewood Projects, High Kelling, Norfolk, UK

2007   
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2006 
The Portrait, V22 Ashwin Street, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2005   
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

2004   
Direct Painting, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, DE
The Charged Image, Collection of Douglas Cramer, Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, CT, US

1996   
Bad August, Richard Salmon Gallery, London, UK
Fools Rain, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

1992   
New Era: New Era building in association with Leo Castelli, New York, US

1989   
Group Show, Alexander Roussos, London, UK


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2013   
Harland Miller – Wherever You Are, Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You, Reflex Editions, Amsterdam, NL

2012   
Harland Miller: Overcoming Optimism, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2010   
l’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember, Reflex Editions, Amsterdam, NL

2008   
Harland Miller, You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil, White Cube, London, UK

2006   
International Lonely Guy, Rizzoli International Publications, US

2000   
Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty, Fourth Estate, London, UK
First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified, Book Works, London, UK

1995   
Harland Miller, Enrico Navarra Gallery, Paris, FR
Harland Miller, You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil, Fakhoury Steinitz Gallery, Paris, FR

1993   
Kimono My Place, Louis XIV Gallery, Paris, FR

1992   
New Era, New Era building in association with Leo Castelli, New York, US

1991   
Love Saves the Day, Prisunic Gallery, New York, US

1990   
Rovers Return, Prisunic Gallery, New York, US

1989   
Here Comes Everyone, Watermans Art Centre, London, UK
Exhibition Catalogue, London, Alexander Roussos, Group Show

1987    
Harland Miller, Diorama, London, UK


SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2016   
P. Silka, “HARLAND MILLER MAKING HISTORY IN EXHIBITION AT BLAIN SOUTHERN”, WIDEWALLS, June
Un-authored, “Harland Miller Solo Show at Blain Southern Gallery Berlin (VIDEO)”, The Blog, Huffingtonpost, 31 May
Un-authored, “Metropolis - Harland Miller” (Film Interview), arteMetropolis, 27 May
M. Spruth, “Berlin Gallery Weekend 2016 Paul Carter Robinson Chooses Six Of The Best”, Artlyst, 2 May
C.Herchenröder,“Der Westen trumpft auf”, Handelsblatt, 29 April
N. Swengley, “The pop-meets-Penguin provocateur heads for Berlin”, FT online – how to spend it, 28 April

2015   
M. Sitko, “You Can Only Judge a Harland Book by Its Cover”, Los Angeles Magazine, 19 March

2014   
L. Rubio, “artnet Asks: Harland Miller”, Artnet, 1 December
M. Stott, “Penguin-inspired art set to make worldwide splash” Financial Times, 7 September
K. Wright “In The Studio: Harland Miller, painter”, Independent, 5 January
J. Brinton, “A Miller”s tale”, The Sunday Times (Style), 21 April

2013   
E. Widger, “Harland Miller @ Ingleby Gallery”, theskinny.co.uk , 10 December
D. Hellqvist, “Harland Miller: The next life is on me”, port-magazine.com, 19 November
J. Pryor, “Culture Talks | Harland Miller: The Next Life”s On Me”, anothermag.com, 14 November
Un-authored, “Artist and writer Harland Miller at the White Cube”, artmediaagency.com, 7 November
Un-authored, “Harland Miller closes White Cube Hoxton”, es.phaidon.com, November
G. De Cruz, “A Northern Soul”, Art & Music, Summer

2011   
H. Miller, “Interview with Rachel Weisz”, Another Magazine, No.13, Autumn-Winter

2009   
K. Phelan, “No More Heroe?”, Art and Music, No.7 , Autumn

2008   
A. Rose, “Wall of fame”, Tatler,
Un-authored, “Critic”s choice galleries”, Timeout (London), 8 -14 May
H. Miller, “Art of darkness”, The Guardian, 5 May
B. Lewis, “Do-it-yourself”, Financial Times, 3-4 May
Un-authored, “Do-it-yourself”, Financial Times, 3-4 May
Un-authored, “Exhibitions, pick of the week”, The Guide Listings, 26 April – 2 May
O. Ward, “You dig the tunnel, I”ll hide the soil”, Timeout, 24-30 April
Un-authored, “Exhibitions, pick of the week”, The Guide Listings, 19-15 April
M. Coomer, “On the dark side”, The Big Issue, 14 April
B. Lewis, “Art stars get brilliantly Poe-faced”, Evening Standard, 10 April
F. Güner, “Art review: you dig the tunnel I”ll hide the soil”, Metro, 7 April
S. O’Hagan, “ Horror, horror on the wall”, The Observer, 6 April

2007   
H. Miller, “Judge the book trade by its covers”, The Guardian, 7 July
H. Eyre, “Ode to a Penguin”, The Independent, 17 June
C. Bond, “Miller’s tale of a bird”s-eye view of book covers”, Yorkshire Post, 1 June
G. Burn, Jarvis Cocker and Harland Miller, “Working titles”, Review, The Guardian, 5 May
R.l. Somerstein, “Arttalk”, ARTnews, Summer

2006   
H. Miller, “Yesterday belongs to me”, Turps Banana, No.2

2005   
Un-authored, “Pick Up a Penguin”, V&A Magazine, Summer
H. Miller, “P-p-p-painting a Penguin”, Daily Telegraph, 28 May
D. Coggins, “Harland Miller. Marianne Boesky”, Modern Painters, March
K. Wright, “Gallery”, Modern Painters, February

2004   
Un-authored, “Vespa Art”, Art Monthly, No.281, November
Un-authored, “Wheeler-dealers”, Art Review, November
J. Hudson, “It”s been the height of chic for 50 years, but just what makes this scooter such an icon?”, Western Daily Press Somerset, 26 October
E. Petronio, “Stars & Styles. Portraits of London”, Self Service, No.20, Spring-Summer

2002   
J. Craven, “It”s show time”, Vogue, November
L. Buck, “Harland Miller postpones swim”, The Art Newspaper, October
L. Buck, “Pop goes the art prize – and Harland Miller gets poe faced”, The Art Newspaper, No.124, April
C. Burnett, “Harland Miller”, Untitled, Spring
O. Ward, “The Cover Story”, Dazed & Confused, March
Un-authored, “Cover art”, Creativebase.com
M. Currah, “Harland Miller”, Time Out, London, 20 February
C. Freedman, “Harland Miller / White Cube”, What”s On In London, 13 February
R. Campbell-Johnston, “Harland Miller”, The Times Play Magazine, 2 February
A. O’Connell, “At last, a smart alec we can love”, The Times, 23 January
Un-authored, “Harland Miller”, Evening Standard, 22 January
H. Sumpter, “How to Judge A Book By Its Cover”, The Big Issue, 21 January
H. Sumpter, “Rising Star”, Evening Standard Hot Tickets Magazine, 18 January

2001   
H. Miller, “Off Of My Cloud”, Modern Painters, Vol.14, No.2, Summer
H. Miller, “Arty crash course”, The Times, 10 January

2000     
H. Miller, “A Wave from Jean-Michel”, Modern Painters, Autumn
J. Picardie, “Pop fiction”, Vogue, June
M. Seaton, “Miller”s Tale”, Esquire, June
M. Alvarez, “Talking the talk”, Telegraph Magazine, 20 May
S. Johnson, “I go where the insiders go”, Evening Standard, May

1996     
A. Weston, “Arty-Party”, Telegraph Magazine, 28 December 

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