As a child growing up in California of the 50s and 60s, Greg Miller’s visual memory was formed by the billboards, advertisements, and pulp fiction covers that saturated popular culture. In his mixed media paintings, Miller draws on the graphics and context of the landscape of his youth to create contemporary works of Americana. Through layers of paint, paper, and fragmented images, Miller creates work that excavates and expands upon popular culture. Considered a “neo-pop” painter, Miller’s work builds upon the often iconic nature of past advertisements and ephemera.
Drawing from the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his Californian roots, Greg Miller explores his relationship with the space he inhabits to communicate a particular urban experience. Working with both paint and collage, he constructs and deconstructs exploring the contradiction, ambiguity, and truth between urban streetscape and history.
Miller’s art is clever and cool. His abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases and the peeling back of layers provide a study in the impermanence of the things that surround us. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting parts of American culture tangible. They grab us nostalgically, rousing us to enjoy the momentary beauty found in the impermanent parts of our lives. There is a fragile heroicness conveyed within the temporary nature of it all, especially within his construction of paper, wood, and natural materials, that gives Miller’s work liveliness and depth.
Greg Miller's work is featured in numerous museum and private collections including those organized by the Charles Saatchi Collection and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, which have traveled internationally.
The Get Go, a volume of his writings, photography and paintings, was published in 2010, and the first comprehensive monograph on the artist, Signs of the Nearly Actual, was published in 2008.
Miller spends his time between Austin, TX and Los Angeles, CA.
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