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John Miller

by on June 30, 2017

John Miller, deceased British artist (1931 – 2002)

John Miller was born in London in 1931. He studied and worked as an architect before relocating to West Cornwall in 1958 in order to become a full time painter. In 1961 John was elected to the Newlyn Society of Artists and served as chairman for a number of years, planning the first modernisation of the Newlyn Art Gallery in 1968. In 1964 John was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts. During the 1970s John Miller emerged as a cultural figurehead within Cornwall. He became well known as a painter of popular, Monet-like Cornish scenes. In 1975 he held his first solo exhibition in London at the Anthony Fortescue Gallery and went on to show regularly at The Brotherton Gallery, Walton Street. From 1982 to 1999 John exhibited with David Messum Fine Art before moving to the Portland Gallery in 2000. Exhibiting regularly in London, New York at Arnot Gallery, Vancouver and Europe John began to acquire a huge following, and popular reproductions of his work showcased both his talent and the unique beauty of West Cornwall to the wider public. In later life John travelled widely and produced a body of work inspired by the landscapes of Venice, Italy and Goa, India. Alongside his passion for art, spirituality was a central theme of both his life and work, evidenced most notably in his collection of deeply personal Interior paintings. Having considered at one time becoming a monk, he was a committed third order Franciscan and in the early nineties became a lay canon of Truro Cathedral. After a short illness, John died on 23rd July 2002 at his home in Penzance.

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