Greg Miller (American, b.1951)
Birth Place: Sacramento, CA, United States
Greg Miller is a contemporary artist working in paint and collage. Focusing on abstracted backgrounds of patterns and snippets of found language, his collages re-contextualize popular culture, breathing new meaning into otherwise tired tropes. Above all else, there’s a humor and cleverness to a Miller piece that makes it feel like a classic, something you’ve thought before but never able to vocalize.
Greg Miller was born in Sacramento, California. From childhood, he sucked up the diverse and laid-back style of the Bay Area. Between the years of 1978 and 1981, he received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, two for publication and one for exhibition. He attended a number of California art colleges, including the San Francisco Art Institute, UCLA, and San Jose State University. He eventually graduated from the Claremont Graduate School of Art with an MFA.
It was while in school that Miller started to experiment with mixed media paintings, combining iconic 1960s pulp images with advertising, words and phrases cut from magazines, and intensely painted backgrounds. This merging of American culture would prove to be a fertile source of inspiration that Miller continues to tap today. Greg Miller pieces like Free (2018), The Wild Bunch (2019), and his Love series all contain the kernel that was originally mined in Miller’s work in the 1980s.
It would be the 1990s that saw Greg Miller’s art reach a mainstream audience. After a series of successful showings at the William Turner Gallery in California, Miller’s exhibition at Barney’s New York in 1995 marked a turning point for the artist. His abstract patterns and layers mixed nostalgia and fragility in a way that resonated with critics and the general public alike.
His work would be collected by a number of private collectors and musuems. The Charles Saatchi Collection and the Frederick R Weisman Collection have toured internationally, exposing large numbers to Miller’s trademark style. In 2010, Miller published The Get Go, a book of writing, photography, and painting that was a natural extension of this artistic impulse.
Miller continues to split his time between his native California and Austin, Texas where he has a large studio space to produce his art. His work is featured in corporate collections across the US, including Pixar Animation Studios, Interscope Records, and Playboy Enterprises, proving that not only is Miller’s work accessible, it’s inspirational to artists across all genres and disciplines. A true American original, Miller continues to tap into what drives us and defines us as a country and as a people.
How Much are Greg Miller Paintings Worth?
Greg Miller silkscreen prints start around $300, with larger paintings selling for up to $10,000 USD.
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