Holly Miller

Holly Miller

United States 1958

Abstract Art


Holly Miller
Holly Miller
United States
November 25, 2015
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Holly Miller is an American artist, known for fusing optical and tactile in her abstract paintings. The artist was born in 1958 in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Rome, Italy.

She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984.

Miller’s paintings combine colored geometric shapes and threaded lines, inviting the viewer to look closer. The works reveal numerous dichotomies, such as absence and presence, warm and cool, masculine and feminine, illusion and material. In addition to paintings, the artist’s body of work also includes drawings and installations.


Holly Miller - Bend 1 and Twist 2
Left: Holly Miller – Twist #2, Right: Bend #1

Her life in Italy had an influence on her artistic career. She combines the sensibilities of both American and Italian cultures using painting, her personal way of communication. The tactility of her works is influenced by body language and communication through touch. She is also inspired by Italian industrial design of the 1960s and 1970s, Ellsworth Kelly’s vivid colors and shapes, Lucio Fontana’s psychical approach, and the way Alberto Burri manipulates the painting’s surface.

Her works are featured in the collections of Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina; Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas; and University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington, Kentucky.


Holly Miller - Shadow drawing yellow, 2006
Holly Miller – Shadow Drawing Yellow, 2006

Holly Miller’s works have been exhibited both in the United States and abroad, in Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom. She had solo exhibitions at the galleries such as Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York City, Clementine Gallery in New York City, and Galleria STUDIO E in Rome, Italy.

In 1999, the painter’s artwork was featured in DICA 33, the book of poems by Antonella Villa.

Acrylic and Thread on Canvas

Holly Miller - Bend 7 and Bend 13
Left: Holly Miller – Bend #7, Right: Holly Miller – Bend #13

She is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York City, US and IdeelArt gallery in London, UK, since October 2015.

Holly Miller works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Holly MillerElizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2014Material Way curated by Kathleen KuckaShirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC New York, NYGroup
2014Color as structureMcKenzie Fine Art New York, NYGroup
2013Holiday delightsElizabeth Harris, New York, NYGroup
2011Group ShowMuriel Guepin Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Holly MillerElizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010Monumental/Piccolini curated by Jennifer RileyAllegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010A Better TomorrowGalleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, ItalyGroup
2009By a threadElizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Linear manifestationsJeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2004Trace Elements curated by Kristen Frederickson Kristen Frederickson Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004PolytechnicolorMichael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2003The Summer of LustGeoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MAGroup
2003Subtle curated by Leslie HellerThe Workspace, New York, NYGroup
2003Finely DrawnWeatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NCGroup
2000Miracle WhipClementine Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999Holly MillerClementine Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1997Loose Threads curated by Lisa CorrinSerpentine Gallery London, UKGroup
1997Work on paperNylon Salon, London, UKGroup
1997PIEROGI 2000 NY: The Flat FilesThe Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1997Current UndercurrentBrooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1997Art on PaperWeatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NCGroup
1997PIEROGI 2000 FlatfilesThe Corner House, Manchester, UKGroup
1997DrawerGas Works, London, UKGroup
1997White Out curated by Theresa HackettThe Workspace, New York, NYGroup
1997Suture curated by Annie HerronThe Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1997Night of 1000 drawingsArtist Space, New York, NYGroup
1996Holly MillerGina Fiore Salon Of Fine Arts, New York, NYSolo
1994Modus Operandi curated by Natalie RiveraLeonora Vega Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1993Works on PaperArena, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1993Contemporary drawings Part IIArena, New York, NYGroup
1993TennisportArt curated by Christian HaubL.I. City, NYGroup
1992Holly MillerArena, New York, NYSolo
1992Christian Haub, Melissa Kretschmer, Holly Miller, Charles SpurrierArena, New York, NYGroup
1986Holly MillerGalleria STUDIO E, Rome, ItalySolo