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Michael Robert Miller
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

Media:Painting;


ARTIST STATEMENT: My mixed-media paintings are explorations of imagery and emotion as I attempt to make something recognizable or quotidian become radiant. In an earlier series of paintings I made while living in L.A., I focused on figures and settings conveying the frustrations and anxieties common to urban living. In my more recent works, collected under the titled Life's Journey, I try to communicate the vagaries of life's paths in a way that is less directly related to urban life, rather more generally related to experiences and consequences in general. To portray such differences, I use a wide variety of painterly techniques and mediums. including oils, concrete, spackle and glue. The figures in my works might be abstracted to some extent, but my basic belief is that I do not distort images. Rather, I depict them as life itself has already distorted them.
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  • Midnight Derelict (LA Bag Woman)
    '81
    oils,varnish-canvas   59 1/4w X 72h

  • L.A.Catacomb
    '81
    oils,varnish-canvas   84w X 60 1/2h

  • Untitled (NBI)
    '82
    oils,varnish,newspaper,spackle,glue,tar-canvas   72w X 60 1/2h

  • Mercury raped the Cosmic Girl
    '82
    oil,varnish-canvas   60w X 84h

  • Who could sit through this
    '82
    oil,newspaper,glue,tar,varnish-canvas   60w X 84 1/2h

  • Forgive me Vincent for they do not know what they write
    '83
    oil,wood,nails,varnish-canvas   69 1/2w X 63 1/2h

  • D.O.A.(portrait of John Hernadez)
    '83
    oil,map,glue,tar,varnish-canvas   84 1/2w X 60h

  • Does the Heart Bleed when you are in Love
    '84
    oil,varnish-canvas   59 3/4w X 84h

  • Untitled
    '85
    oil,varnish-canvas   60w X 72h

  • Minotaur Invasion on Freedom
    '6/03
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,clay pots,varnish-canvas   72w X 62h

  • IL Volo da Purgatory
    '9/03
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,clay pots,varnish-canvas   60w X 72h

  • St. Agatha
    '03
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,varnish-canvas   60w X 72h

  • (DETAIL) St. Agatha

  • The Birth of Constellation
    '3/04
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,clay pots,varnish-canvas   72w X 66h

  • Cafe Baghdad (St. Jill Carroll)
    '7/07
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,varnish-canvas   66w X 70 1/2h

  • Untitled
    '5/06
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,varnish-canvas   56w X 72h

  • Untitled
    '7/08
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,varnish-canvas   58w X 72h

  • Ti Sento Dio
    '6/12
    oil,concrete,spackle,glue,varnish-canvas   65 3/4w X 84h

  • (DETAIL) Ti Sento Dio

  • (DETAIL) L.A. Catacomb
 








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