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.
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’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
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
|2015||Holly Miller||Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2014||Material Way curated by Kathleen Kucka||Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC New York, NY||Group|
|2014||Color as structure||McKenzie Fine Art New York, NY||Group|
|2013||Holiday delights||Elizabeth Harris, New York, NY||Group|
|2011||Group Show||Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Holly Miller||Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2010||Monumental/Piccolini curated by Jennifer Riley||Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2010||A Better Tomorrow||Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy||Group|
|2009||By a thread||Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2008||Linear manifestations||Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, NY||Group|
|2004||Trace Elements curated by Kristen Frederickson||Kristen Frederickson Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2004||Polytechnicolor||Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY||Group|
|2003||The Summer of Lust||Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA||Group|
|2003||Subtle curated by Leslie Heller||The Workspace, New York, NY||Group|
|2003||Finely Drawn||Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC||Group|
|2000||Miracle Whip||Clementine Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|1999||Holly Miller||Clementine Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|1997||Loose Threads curated by Lisa Corrin||Serpentine Gallery London, UK||Group|
|1997||Work on paper||Nylon Salon, London, UK||Group|
|1997||PIEROGI 2000 NY: The Flat Files||The Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria||Group|
|1997||Current Undercurrent||Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|1997||Art on Paper||Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC||Group|
|1997||PIEROGI 2000 Flatfiles||The Corner House, Manchester, UK||Group|
|1997||Drawer||Gas Works, London, UK||Group|
|1997||White Out curated by Theresa Hackett||The Workspace, New York, NY||Group|
|1997||Suture curated by Annie Herron||The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|1997||Night of 1000 drawings||Artist Space, New York, NY||Group|
|1996||Holly Miller||Gina Fiore Salon Of Fine Arts, New York, NY||Solo|
|1994||Modus Operandi curated by Natalie Rivera||Leonora Vega Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|1993||Works on Paper||Arena, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|1993||Contemporary drawings Part II||Arena, New York, NY||Group|
|1993||TennisportArt curated by Christian Haub||L.I. City, NY||Group|
|1992||Holly Miller||Arena, New York, NY||Solo|
|1992||Christian Haub, Melissa Kretschmer, Holly Miller, Charles Spurrier||Arena, New York, NY||Group|
|1986||Holly Miller||Galleria STUDIO E, Rome, Italy||Solo|