Lewis Miller (Australian artist)

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Lewis Miller (born 1959 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian painter and visual artist, known for his portraits and figurative works. His father Peter Miller was a painter in the social realist tradition. His sister Lisa Miller is an Australian singer/songwriter.

Lewis studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne from 1977 to 1979, and then travelled to London, Europe and Malaysia. He held his first solo exhibition in 1986 and is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, state and private galleries. In 1998 he won the Archibald Prize,[1] which brought him greater prominence and led to many further commissions. He has travelled widely, including to the USA in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2005.

In 2003 and 2005 Miller was commissioned to produce a series of portraits of the scientists and technicians involved in the mapping of the human genome.[2]

His other commissioned portraits include Australian rules football coach Ron Barassi, mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and scientist James D. Watson.[2] In 2003 he travelled to Iraq as Official Australian War Artist.[3]

By 2005 he had entered the Archibald prize 17 times and had been a finalist 13 times. He was interviewed in the 2005 Peter Berner documentary Loaded Brush.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Archibald Prize 2008: Archibald Prize
  2. ^ a b "Miller's travelling tales". The Age. Melbourne. 2003-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Painted soldiers". The Age. Melbourne. 2005-03-15. 

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Preceded by
Nigel Thomson
Archibald Prize
for Portrait of Allan Mitelman No 3
Succeeded by
Euan MacLeod