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Holly Miller

Born in 1958 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Holly Miller is an American abstract artist whose paintings strive to merge the optical with the tactile through the language of abstraction. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Miller earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

By combining repeated threaded lines with geometric shapes of color, Miller's work conveys many dichotomies: reductive painting and craft, illusion and material, warm and cool, absence and presence, masculine and feminine, bold and subtle, perfection and imperfection...

The paintings have a physicality that is described through the monochromatic brush strokes and the punctured holes of the drawn lines that pierce the surface of the canvas, yet from a distance they appear to be flat and suggest a fine line drawing.

As one approaches the paintings an element of surprise is revealed and one is inspired to look closer and question the original assumption or expectation.

Although Miller was born in Buffalo NY, she was raised in Rome, Italy. Communication through the touch (body language) has inspired her tactile abstract paintings. Her palette echoes the tones and hues of Italian industrial design from the 60's and 70's. Her shapes recall architecture and urban structures.

Her work has a huge affinity to Fontana's physical approach to his paintings and Burri's tactile manipulation of the painting's surface. Ellsworth Kelly's bold shapes and colors have resonated with her on a purely optical level. Miller has always embraced and merged the sensibilities of both cultures through her own personal language in painting.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2015
Elizabeth Harris Gallery New York, Ny
2010
Elizabeth Harris Gallery New York, Ny
1999
Clementine Gallery New York, Ny
1996
Gina Fiore Salon Of Fine Arts New York, Ny
1992
Arena New York, Ny
1986
Galleria Studio E Rome, Italy


GROUP SHOWS

2014
"Material Way" Curated By Kathleen Kucka, Shirley Fiterman Art
Center At Bmcc New York Ny
"Color As Structure", Mckenzie Fine Art New York Ny
2013
"Holiday Delights" Elizabeth Harris New York Ny
2011
"Group Show" Muriel Guepin Gallery New York Ny
2010
"Monumental/ Piccolini" Curated By Jennifer Riley, Allegra
Laviola Gallery, New York, Ny
"A Better Tomorrow" Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy
2009
"By A Thread" Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, Ny
2008
"Linear Manifestations" Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, Ny
2004
"Trace Elements" Curated By Kristen Frederickson Kristen
Frederickson Gallery, New York, Ny (Catalog)
"Polytechnicolor" Michael Steinberg Fine Art New York, Ny
2003
"The Summer Of Lust" Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great
Barrington, Ma
"Subtle" Curated By Leslie Heller The Workspace New York
"Finely Drawn" Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, Nc
2000
"Miracle Whip" Clementine Gallery New York, Ny
1998
"Loose Threads" Curated By Lisa Corrin (Catalog) Serpentine
Gallery London, Uk
"Work On Paper" Nylon Salon, London, Uk
"Pierogi 2000 Ny:The Flat Files" The Kunstlerhaus, Vienna,
Austria
1997
"Current Undercurrent" Brooklyn Museum Of Art, Brooklyn,
Ny
"Art On Paper" Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, Nc
(Catalog)
Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles The Corner House, Manchester, Uk
"Drawer" Gas Works, London, Uk
"White Out" Curated By Theresa Hackett, The Workspace, New
York, Ny (Catalog)
"Suture" Curated By Annie Herron, The Rotunda Gallery,
Brooklyn, Ny
"Night Of 1000 Drawings" Artist Space, New York, Ny
"Artist Of The Week" Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, Ny
1994
"Modus Operandi" Curated By Natalie Rivera, Leonora Vega
Gallery, New York, Ny
1993
"Works On Paper" Arena, Brooklyn, Ny
"Contemporary Drawings Part Ii" Arena, New York, Ny
"Tennisportart" Curated By Christian Haub, L.I. City, Ny
1992
"Christian Haub, Melissa Kretschmer, Holly Miller, Charles Spurrier"
Arena, New York, Ny
1989
Salle Drouot-Montaigne (Catalog), Paris, France
1988
Galleria Studio E, Rome, Italy
Broadway, Walker And White Gallery, New York, Ny
1987
Galleria Studio E, Rome, Italy
Sala Uno, Rome, Italy
1986
Galleria Studio E, Rome, Italy
"Capo D'africa" Rome, Italy
1984
Sva Gallery New York,Ny


COLLECTIONS

Arkansas Arts Center
University Of Kentucky Art Museum
Weatherspoon Art Museum

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