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Signed Print Edition of 50
H 96cm x W 66cm
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|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|Chiswick Auctions - United Kingdom||Death What's In It For Me? - Signed Print|
|March 2023||Christie's London - United Kingdom||Death What's In It For Me? - Signed Print|
|March 2022||Tate Ward Auctions - United Kingdom||Death What's In It For Me? - Signed Print|
|July 2018||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Death What's In It For Me? - Signed Print|
|June 2016||Phillips London - United Kingdom||Death What's In It For Me? - Signed Print|
|June 2015||Bonhams Knightsbridge - United Kingdom||Death What's In It For Me? - Signed Print|
Harland Miller’s print, Death What's In It For Me?, is based on his series of paintings inspired by the iconic dust jackets of Penguin books. It was first in 2001 that the artist set out to humorously appropriate the familiar format of these publications. In doing so, Miller ultimately merged the conventions of painting with the possibilities of language.
Miller is evidently influenced by Pop art, figurative art and abstraction in this print. However, in line with the spirit of Penguin books, Miller’s titles are characterised by universally recognizable narratives, seasoned with a touch of tragi-comedy. Another example of this direct and sardonic literary style can be noted in the work, You Can Rely On Me I’ll Always Let You Down.
The artist captures perfectly the three dimensionality of the object on canvas, but attributes the text in the middle greater significance in communicating his message. Furthermore, Miller’s conscious choice of colouring grants the words a sense of levity, demythologising and softening their impact. Accordingly, the cerise and white design allows for a relaxed discussion around the topic of the afterlife, making Death What's In It For Me? more accessible for the public.