The Art of Ian Miller
Beautiful nightmare The incomparable British fantasy artist Ian Miller gets a long overdue retrospective of a bewitching body of work Author Tom Whyte and Ian Miller Publisher Titan Books Price £25 Web www.titanbooks.com Available 25 March
British artist Ian Miller has been on the fantasy and sci-fi art scene since the early 1970s. His finely detailed work is instantly recognisable, and is often gothic and grotesque-themed in nature. This 160-page hardback showcases 300 of his most incredible pieces.
With almost every image featuring some form of death, destruction and sickening decay, the work is divided into four chapters. Each one is overflowing with his trademark stark black-and-white drawings, with the odd injection of colour thrown in to get your senses going. But it’s the final chapter – Dreams and Nightmares – that’s the most captivating.
Here you’ll find Ian’s most unsettling pieces. It’s also where the artist reveals personal details about himself, such as how being steeped in the world of make-believe as a child made him both fearful and excited at the same time. These are two emotions that have since translated into his work and now invoke a similar reaction in his audiences.
This book is frenetic in the most brilliant way. Every image produces multiple, opposing reactions, the predominant one being of awe at Miller’s staggering craft, quickly followed by an overwhelming urge to look away. It’s an absolute must-have for fantasy artists.
Ian Miller’s artwork is sure to evoke feelings of morbid fascination.