Who is Harland Miller?
Harland Miller is a writer and visual artist born in 1964 in Yorkshire, UK. Critically acclaimed in both literature and contemporary art, Miller's work combines autobiographical references with wit and the aesthetic abstraction of words.
Miller graduated from Chelsea School of Art with an MA in 1988. In 2000 he published his first novel, Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty. This was followed in the same year by the novella "At first I was afraid, i was petrified", a study of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Miller became known, however, primarily for his series of paintings "The Penguin Book".
Miller's works are represented in exhibitions worldwide. He has had solo exhibitions in London, Hong Kong, Berlin, Paris and New York, among others.
Harland Miller at the "25 YEARS" exhibition in Munich
In the current MUCA anniversary exhibition you can see the work "International Lonely Guy" from Miller's Penguin Book series.
What is "The Penguin Book" by Miller?
Begun in 2001, The Penguin Book series, a parody of the British classics publisher, aptly combines the artist's love of literature and painting. Influenced by Pop Art and American abstraction, this series of works combines the adoption of the Penguin logo with the artist's ongoing explorations of the semantics of language. Thus, his canvas books bear witty, biting titles such as "Hate's Outta Date!" (2017) or "International Lonely Guy" (2002).