The Art of Harland Miller

The Art of Harland Miller

Harland Miller is a British artist who is best known for his large-scale, Photorealist paintings of vintage Penguin book covers. His practice explores the combination of image and text, similar in scope to American artist Ed Ruscha. “There's always been this compunction to write on pictures,” he has observed. The covers he paints often feature his own invented, sardonic titles combined with the iconic Penguin logo. His muted tones and painterly brushstrokes imbue his canvases with the worn character of a used book, yet nevertheless manage to convey a contemporary, subversive sociopolitical critique.

It's hard not to love the work of Harland Miller. His oversized art dominates a room. I love dark humor contained in the work. The idea of creating imaginary book covers as contemporary art is something uniquely inspired. Watch the short feature below to learn more about this wonderful artist.


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