"It’s All One Painting"
Surf’s up! Let’s hang ten… on the wall. Ten largerthan-life canvases, side by side, owning the space. Americana; Pop Art; Retro Abstraction; Urban Mosaic – call it what you will, these seductive pieces of art embrace nature, sex, time and love with poetic resonance, yet they’re all part of a bigger picture. A riveting, ongoing portfolio from artist/philosopher Greg Miller, who sums up his life’s work in four words: "It’s all one painting." Greg is an artist with a past – an enviable, surfer-boy past that shows no sign of waning. From California waves, to Texas ghost towns, to his nowadays New York studio in the woods, this is the stuff that movies are made of. In fact, he’s done that, too. Add film writer/producer to his repertoire; short docs he wrote and produced that debuted at Sundance Film Festival. Today, Greg’s youthful outlook and uninhibited honesty speak to a life well lived; built on genuine values, layered with adventure (and indulgence) and a deep passion for art. Born near Sacramento, California, Greg’s teenage years were swept up in the Venice Beach scene of the 1960s. He was that gorgeous darkhaired dude the girls swooned over. He surfed, skied at Lake Tahoe, partied, and painted. "I had a great childhood, my parents taught me to follow my passion. Mom would say: ‘Forget school, go surfing, go skiing, create, do what you want.’ From the age of 10, I loved making art and always tried to follow my own vision. I wanted to be the storyteller of my generation. Even with all of today’s technology, you need to tell a good story. That has resonated with my work." As idyllic as it seems, Greg’s laid-back early life was tinged with shadows. The only child of parents who endured the hardships of war, the Great Depression and poverty, he understands full well that their own talents and aspirations were set aside in lieu of a steady pay cheque and food on the table. "I think, when it's all said
Greg Miller in his studio
left, Sand Bar, oil, resin, paper on canvas, 40" x 30" above, Love, Diptych, oil, resin, paper on canvas, 48" x 96"