This graphite painting features the artist's signature use of glyph-like eyes. They function as both symbol and object, playfully flipping between narrative states. Miler’s primary focus in abstracted human forms echoes the aesthetics of the CoBrA group as well as Art Brut’s interest in experimentation and spontaneous expression.
This composition is part of a series of graphite works by the artist that explore the definition of painting and how materials act in the process. They ask the question: "Can something be made by a material that is traditionally seen as preparatory and still be considered a finished work?"
The central focus of Miler’s biomorphic landscape paintings are the glyph-like eyes; they function as both symbol and object, flipping playfully between narrative states. For each composition, the artist first precisely stains the canvas, and then over-paints it using oil pigments mixed with acrylic and water. This process creates a “high-risk environment” that doesn’t allow Miler room for any mistakes.
Anthony Miler was born in Toledo, OH in 1982. Miler received his MFA in painting from the City College of New York in New York City in 2008. He studied in the UK at the Central College Abroad and the London Metropolitan University in 2004.
Solo exhibitions of Miler’s work have taken place at: The Pit in Los Angeles, California (2021); PM/AM Gallery in London, UK (2020); Maki Gallery in Tokyo, Japan (2020 and 2019); and Thierry Goldberg in New York City (2016); among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Miler’s work have taken place at: the Centre de Pompidou in Paris, France (2020); the Willumsens Museum in Frederikssund, Denmark (2018); and Munkeruphus in Dronningmølle, Denmark (2014).
Miler currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
This graphite painting features the artist's signature use of glyph-like eyes—the artist's work is primarily focused on abstracted human forms. This composition is part of a series of graphite works by the artist that explore the definition of painting and how materials act in the process.More
- Framed: 20.5 x 27.5 x 1.2 in.