Bill Miller (artist)

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Bill Miller is an American artist best known for his work with discarded linoleum as his medium. He was born in Cleveland in 1962, and attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he focused on graphic design. He currently resides in Pittsburgh.[1]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Early in his career, Miller worked in more traditional media, primarily oil painting, acrylic painting and printmaking. In the early 1990s, while working as the art director for In Pittsburgh Newsweekly, he co-founded the Industrial Arts Co-op. The activist collective experimented with trash or junk art, a subset of found object art made from objects and materials that have thrown away. The group broke into abandoned buildings, mostly steel mills, where they exhibited art made from scavenged materials. Miller collected linoleum that had been thrown into dumpsters and, using pieces of linoleum, created framed portraits, landscapes and other works.[1][2][3]

Linoleum art[edit]

Miller's initial showings at exhibits in Pittsburgh and elsewhere generated Interest in his linoleum works. In 1997, he relocated to New York, where he was art director of the weekly Long Island Voice and, after it folded, a designer at The Village Voice. He continued to work in linoleum during this time, and by 2002 was concentrating fulltime on producing art from discarded linoleum.[3] Miller has cited Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali as among his influences.[4] His early themes were often dark, influenced by deaths in his family and the decline of the industrial cities in which Miller lived.[5] As his work evolved, he branched out thematically. He produced landscapes, still-life studies, religious themed art, portraits of rock stars (notably The Beatles and Frank Zappa) and depictions of major events such as the sinking of the Titanic and the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. His portraits of Mothers of Invention founder Frank Zappa attracted the attention of Zappa’s wife, Gail Zappa, resulting in the commissioning of two album covers by Miller, Congress Shall Make No Law..., and Finer Moments.[6][7][8] He created the poster image for the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival.[9][10]

Exhibitions[edit]

Miller has exhibited primarily in the United States. His linoleum art has appeared in exhibits in London, U.K. and at the annual Drap Art exhibit in Barcelona, Spain. A retrospective of his work was held in Pittsburgh in 2007. He is represented by the Lindsay Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.[11] [12][13][14][15][16]

External links[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Woliver, Robby (February 18, 2001). "Linoleum Taken from Floor to the Wall". New York Times.
  2. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (November 13, 2005). "The art beneath his feet". New York Times.
  3. ^ a b O’Driscoll, Bill (January 4, 2007). "Guided by Linoleum". Pittsburgh City Paper.
  4. ^ Daniels, Mary (August 28, 2005). "Maryland artist teaches old flooring some new tricks". Chicago Tribune.
  5. ^ Woods, Baynard (November 28, 2012). "Bill Miller uses linoleum to create nostalgic images". Baltimore City Paper.
  6. ^ Fischer, Jim (October 4, 2017). "Vinyl Moments: Lindsay Gallery exhibits new and unseen work by linoleum artist Bill Miller". Columbus Alive.
  7. ^ "Frank Zappa: Finer Moments". Globalia. 2012.
  8. ^ "Zappa's Congressional Testimony Released on CD". Jam Base. September 28, 2010.
  9. ^ "Photo Flash: Woodstock Film Festival Releases Poster Art". Broadway World. August 8, 2012.
  10. ^ Malcolm, Timothy (October 13, 2012). "Linoleum eye shines brightly in Woodstock". Times Herald-Record.
  11. ^ "Three Rivers Arts Festival Heading Into Final Weekend". CBS Pittsburgh. June 9, 2017.
  12. ^ O’Driscoll, Bill (September 7, 2016). "A preview of the inaugural Re:NEW Festival of recycled art". Pittsburgh City Paper.
  13. ^ O’Neill, Brian (June 4, 2017). "The ultimate makeovers arrive Downtown". Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
  14. ^ Shea, Rebecca (February 14, 2013). "Linoleum Artist Bill Miller". Country Wisdom.
  15. ^ Brennan, Lissa (November 12, 2014). "Bill Miller's linoleum art highlights a show at Gallerie Chiz". Pittsburgh City Paper.
  16. ^ "Bill Miller". Lindsay Gallery. Retrieved November 7, 2017.