Harland Miller

Born in 1964 in Yorkshire, England
Lives and works in London

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MA, Chelsea College of Art, London, 1988
BA, Chelsea College of Art, London, 1987

About The Artist

Yorkshire-born artist and writer Harland Miller has synchronously developed his dual practices and brings them together in his most recognizable artworks, The Penguin Book Series. Here he infuses his comic writing into his lush and sensual painting practice via imagined book titles. Miller’s serial images of worn books ooze a winking melodrama, thanks to expressive brush marks that roil within the deadpan aesthetic of the iconic Penguin readers.

Printing has also been a longstanding part of Miller’s artistic output, and his approach to reproducing his paintings using the processes of silk screen and giclée can be seen as a further investigation into seriality, one influenced by Andy Warhol’s Brillo Boxes and Campbell’s Soup Can prints, as well as Robert Rauschenberg’s use of culturally loaded reproductions.

Miller graduated from the Chelsea School of Art in London, England in 1988 and published his first novel Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty to critical acclaim in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions at White Cube in London in 2012 and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England in 2009. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Gallery Hyundai in Seoul, Korea; the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, among many others.

He currently lives and works in London, where he is represented by White Cube.



White Cube, London

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  • Anything for a Laugh: Humor in Contemporary Art

    Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite
    And you can charm the critics and have nothin’ to eat
    Just slip on a banana peel
    The world’s at your feet

    ”Make ‘em Laugh,” Singin’ in the Rain (1952)