Born in Yorkshire in 1964, Harland Miller is a writer and artist who is best known for producing a series of paintings based on Penguin book covers, including International Lonely Guy and Fuck Art Let’s Dance. Characterised by an undercurrent of dark humour, Miller’s paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media artworks explore the relationship between words and images to comment on the frequent disconnect between representation and reality.


Literary Tendencies

While he is now most famous for his prints and paintings, Harland Miller began his career as a writer.  In 2000 Miller published Slow Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty, a novel set in 1980s Yorkshire that takes a darkly comedic look at the New Wave. His interest in the literary continues to inform his visual art practice and over the years he has received acclaim in both disciplines.

That same year Miller also published a short novella entitled First I was Afraid, I was Petrified, which is based on the true story of a family member’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which prompted her to take Polaroids of the knobs of a cooker to ensure she had turned it off. Miller stumbled across these strange images and turned them into a work of fiction. The artist’s fascination with the human psyche tinges all facets of his artistic practice, instilling his work with both satire and nostalgia. In 2007 one of Miller’s most famous works, International Lonely Guy was released as both a print and a book of interviews and essays exploring his artistic and literary influences.

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