Holly Miller

Born in 1958 - United States


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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Elizabeth Harris Gallery New York, Ny
Elizabeth Harris Gallery New York, Ny
Clementine Gallery New York, Ny
Gina Fiore Salon Of Fine Arts New York, Ny
Arena New York, Ny
Galleria Studio E Rome, Italy


"Material Way" Curated By Kathleen Kucka, Shirley Fiterman Art
Center At Bmcc New York Ny
"Color As Structure", Mckenzie Fine Art New York Ny
"Holiday Delights" Elizabeth Harris New York Ny
"Group Show" Muriel Guepin Gallery New York Ny
"Monumental/ Piccolini" Curated By Jennifer Riley, Allegra
Laviola Gallery, New York, Ny
"A Better Tomorrow" Galleria Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy
"By A Thread" Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, Ny
"Linear Manifestations" Jeannie Freilich Fine Art, New York, Ny
"Trace Elements" Curated By Kristen Frederickson Kristen
Frederickson Gallery, New York, Ny (Catalog)
"Polytechnicolor" Michael Steinberg Fine Art New York, Ny
"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
"Miracle Whip" Clementine Gallery New York, Ny
"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,
"Current Undercurrent" Brooklyn Museum Of Art, Brooklyn,
"Art On Paper" Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, Nc
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
"Modus Operandi" Curated By Natalie Rivera, Leonora Vega
Gallery, New York, Ny
"Works On Paper" Arena, Brooklyn, Ny
"Contemporary Drawings Part Ii" Arena, New York, Ny
"Tennisportart" Curated By Christian Haub, L.I. City, Ny
"Christian Haub, Melissa Kretschmer, Holly Miller, Charles Spurrier"
Arena, New York, Ny
Salle Drouot-Montaigne (Catalog), Paris, France
Galleria Studio E, Rome, Italy
Broadway, Walker And White Gallery, New York, Ny
Galleria Studio E, Rome, Italy
Sala Uno, Rome, Italy
Galleria Studio E, Rome, Italy
"Capo D'africa" Rome, Italy
Sva Gallery New York,Ny


Arkansas Arts Center
University Of Kentucky Art Museum
Weatherspoon Art Museum

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