Encounter: painting and the world as you find it
For this artist, all his work is rooted in his understanding of the principal engagement of portraiture: a painted meeting with a ‘present subject’.
This talk will address the different ways he has explored the nature of that encounter in his work through the genres of portraiture, landscape and still life.
Nick Miller is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading and respected contemporary painters. From his highly regarded treatment of the Irish Landscape, the “Truckscapes; paintings and drawings from a mobile studio”, to “Tree House 360˚” a portrait of a Connecticut forest, to his seminal “Closer Drawings” and the most recent still lives “Vessels: Nature Morte”, all have been shown internationally to critical acclaim. He describes his approach to making art as “setting up situations that I have to paint my way out of”. He continues to re-addresse the traditional genres of Portraiture, Landscape and Still Life with a unique and personal approach.
Born in London in 1962, with no formal art education, he moved to Ireland in 1984 after graduating in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, to find somewhere “quiet to live, learn and paint”. He first worked in Co Clare, then Dublin, and since 1992 has been largely based in Co Sligo.
Miller has exhibited widely including solo two shows at IMMA (1994 & 2015/16), the RHA (2003) and the New York Studio School (2008). A member of Aosdána since 2001, he was the recipient of the inaugural 2014 Hennessy Portrait Award at the National Gallery of Ireland. His work is held in many private, institutional collections nationally and internationally including the National Gallery of Ireland; Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; The Arts Council (Ireland); The Niland Collection, The European Investment Bank, Luxembourg.