Five Ring Circus Harland Miller
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- Medium: Giclée print
- Format: Signed Print
- Year: 2012
- Size: H 97cm x W 66cm
- Edition size: 50
- Signed: Yes
- Condition: Excellent
Harland Miller’s Five Ring Circus is a signed giclée print produced in 2012 and from an edition of 50.
HARLAND MILLER, FIVE RING CIRCUS, SIGNED GICLÉE PRINT, EDITION OF 50, 2012
Executed in 2012, Five Ring Circus - It’s All Fun And Games Till Someone Loses An Eye is one of Harland Miller’s iconic book cover works. The Five Ring Circus group is an elite youth circus training group from the North East of England, where Miller was born and raised. It is also the title of a 1998 novel from the Australian author Jon Cleary, from a series featuring Sydney detective Scobie Malone revolving around his investigation into a financial scam in the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. But when asked where the titles from his books originate from, Miller says “nowhere in particular. Everywhere, anywhere.” He prefers for the viewer to connect to the phrases personally, and draw their own individual interpretations rather than imposing his own meaning upon them. The titles are often provocative or poignant, subversively sociopolitical, sometimes referencing the original author, whilst at other times, as seen in the present work, citing Miller himself as their creator instead. The text takes precedent in his book cover works, as Miller explains, “people read before they can stop themselves.” He continues, “you can really say anything you wanted in the middle panel, because people are already used to the form of the Penguin book, so in that way the text carried more weight than the painting.” Taking inspiration in Five Ring Circus from his cultural and geographical heritage, Miller offers a sardonic title that is typically humorous, laced with underlying violence and sarcasm.
Miller’s book cover works have become hugely desirable with collectors. His work is also found in the private collections of established celebrities and corporate collections. In much the same way that revolutionary paperbacks themselves were sought after in the 1930s and ’40s, Miller’s works have adopted a similarly desirable collectability today, occupying a significant place in the contemporary art marketplace and the artist himself staking his name within the trajectory of hugely successful and important British artists.
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ABOUT HARLAND MILLER
Harland Miller is a British writer and artist, born in Yorkshire in 1964, best known for producing a series of paintings based on Penguin book covers, including International Lonely Guy and Fuck Art Let’s Dance. Miller’s work explores the relationship between words and images. His paintings, sculptures and mix-media artworks combine the two to comment on the frequent disconnect between representation and reality. Learn more about Harland Miller.