Hell... It's Only Forever is a woodcut print made by British writer and painter Harland Miller in 2020. Coming in an edition size of 50 the print shows the front cover of a book called ‘Hell… It’s Only Forever’. The word ‘hell’ is written in a trio of warm colours. The bright and bold colours contrast with the negative connotations that surround the word and the pessimistic message of the book’s title. Using a smaller, black font, Miller adds the tagline below following an ellipses for dramatic effect. In this print, as is seen in many of Miller’s other works, the artist blurs the distinction between art and literature, writer and artist, as he inserts his own name where the author of the book’s name would traditionally be placed.
The book cover produced by Miller in Hell... It's Only Forever captures the essence of the artist’s dark sense of humour. Miller’s prints are often ironic and sardonic and imbued with Miller’s socio-political critiques of modern day society.
The way in which Miller uses bright colours in this print reflects the artist’s interest in the relationship between word and image and how colour can have a significant impact on the way we read and interpret words. Miller’s artworks often explore how colour’s effect emotion and the frequent disconnect between representation and reality.