"It’s All One Paint­ing"

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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"

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