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About the artist

The artist and writer Harland Miller (born 1964) is known for his large-scale, playful reworkings of Penguin book covers.

Miller takes much-loved book jackets of classic works by Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe and others as his starting point. By rendering them in oils at poster size with quirky new titles, he transforms them into contemporary, often satirical commentaries on life and literature. Whether ironic, nostalgic, or downright cheeky – “Dirty Northern Bastard,” by DH Lawrence, or “I’m so Fucking Hard,” by Hemmingway – the titles demythologise and amuse in equal measure.

Harland Miller is attracted to books as objects

– the more battered, stained and lived in the better. “I remember my parents’ Penguin books. For me, they are about nostalgia for a by-gone era – that musty smell, those coffee-mug rings, the often heart-breaking inscriptions on the inside cover.” Miller has lived and worked in New York, Berlin and Paris. Born in the North of England in 1964, Miller’s fondness for the drizzle and grimness of those northern towns remains a strong theme in his work. “I suppose mine is a very English sense of humour,” he says.

In this rare display of his watercolours and drawings, Miller’s Penguin covers are closer to still life studies, rather than two-dimensional posters. Experimenting with different paper sizes and angles, he occasionally shows their spines, and the shadows they cast. It is a celebration of books as treasured objects. His drawings – in particular his studies for his large-scale oil paintings with their notes scribbled down the margins – are some of his most intimate works to date.

Harland Miller’s group exhibitions include Royal Academy, London (2006, 2005), Kunsthalle Mannheim (2004) and the ICA, London (1996). A book of Harland Miller’s watercolours will be published by Reflex Editions Amsterdam as well as a special limited edition of 2 colour lithographs.

Harland Miller

Request about this work
Who Cares Wins
2014
Limited Edition Silkscreen Print | Somerset Tub Sized 410 gsm paper
138 x 110 cm - edition 50 | 64 x 50 cm - edition 50 | Each print is signed and numbered by the artist
A Fist To Cry On
Pencil on paper
18 x 13 cm
2013
Death - What's In It For Me?
Watercolor and pencil on paper
230 x 170 cm
2010
International Lonely Guy
Watercolor and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2010
There's More To Life Than Catch Phrases
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
152 x 122 cm | framed size: 170 x 140 cm
2013
I Am The One I've Been Waiting For
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2011
Wherever You Are, Whatever You're Doing, This One Is For You
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
152 x 122 cm | framed size: 170 x 140 cm
2013
Confessions Of A Crap Artist
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
152 x 122 cm | framed size: 170 x 140 cm
2013
Somebody Down There Likes Me
Watercolor and pencil on paper
121 x 76 cm
2010
Wake Up And Smell The Coffin
Watercolor and pencil on paper
134 x 164 cm
2010
Love Saves The Day
Watercolor and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2010
Life's Too Long
Watercolor and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2010
International Lonely Guy
Watercolor and pencil on paper
53 x 68 cm
2004
I Don't Sleep, So I Don't Dream, So I Don't Wake Up Crying
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2011
This Is Where It's Fucking At - At Least It Used To Be
Color print, edition 50
142 x 110 cm
2013
A Fist To Cry On
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2011
It Was Hell Says Former Child
Watercolor and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2010
Can I Get Involved In Your Crisis?
Oil and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2010
Last Among Equals
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
152 x 122 cm | framed size: 170 x 140 cm
2013
I've Been Down But This Is Ridiculous
Watercolor and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2010
...But What I Would Have Dearly Loved Once More, To Fill A Trembling Body With Stars And Fall Down Dead Beside It
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2011
Rocky VI - There Are No Winners In A Game For Losers
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2011
Blonde But Not Forgotten
from the series Penguin Plays
Oil and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2011
Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore
Watercolor and pencil on paper
164 x 134 cm
2010
Death - What's In It For Me?
Watercolor and pencil on paper
160 x 130 cm
2010

Group Exhibitions

2014

“What Marcel Duchamp taught me”, Fine Arts Society, London.

2013

“Once upon a time and a very good time it was…”, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.

“Sculpture in the Close”, Jesus College, Cambridge.

2012

“AKA PEACE”, ICA, London.

“Cool Britannia”, Gallery Hyundai, Korea.

2010

“Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action”, White Cube, London.

“Exhibitionism, The Art of Display”, Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

2009

“Different Places, Different Stories”, König-Heinrich-Platz, Duisburg.

“Inspired”, Mitchell Library (City Museum), Glasgow.

“TURPS BANANA 1”, Galleria Marabini, Milan.

“TURPS BANANA 2”, Galleria Marabini, Bologna.

2008

“You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil”, White Cube, Hoxton Square and Shoreditch Town Hall, London.

“Voewood Projects”, High Kelling, Norfolk.

2007

Summer Exhibition 2007, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

2006

“The Portrait”, V22 ASHWINSTREET, London.

Summer Exhibition 2006, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

2005

Summer Exhibition 2005, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

2004

“Direct Painting”, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim.

“The Charged Image”, Collection of Douglas Cramer, Joseloff Gallery, West Hartford, CT.

1996

“Bad August”, Richard Salmon Gallery, London.
“Fools Rain”, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

1992

“New Era”, New Era building in association with Leo Castelli, New York.