This silkscreen print is part of a series by Harland Miller in which he adopts the image of a Penguin Classics paperback book jacket from the 60s. The painted vertical bands of red either side of the book's title, which signify the genre 'Theatre and Plays', become emotive and textural colour fields here. With their dripping paint and smudgy blurring, they have more in common with the aesthetic of Rothko than the uniformity of a mass-produced paperback.
About the artist
The artist and writer Harland Miller 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.