High on Hope (2019)
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'High on Hope’ (2019) is part of Harland Miller's ongoing series of paintings and prints based on the dust jackets of Penguin books. By combining the motif inherent in the Penguin book, 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, while the painting style hints at the dog-eared, scuffed covers of the Penguin classics themselves. Miller continues to create work in this vein, expanding the book covers to include his own phrases, some hilarious and absurd, others with a lush melancholy.
Harland Miller was born in Yorkshire, UK in 1964 and lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions include Palacio Quintanar, Segovia (2015) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2009). Group exhibitions include Somerset House, London (2016); Sculpture in the Close, Jesus College, Cambridge, UK (2013); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2005, 2006, 2007); Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2004); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1996).