P a u l S. M i l l e r
Working with watercolour has been an ongoing passion for more than forty years. It’s a medium that has allowed me to explore a broad range of ideas and techniques. The way I work and respond varies from painting in situ in the landscape to the more controlled environment of the studio.
When working en plein air, my approach is more aggressive and spontaneous. This allows me to capture the essence of my subject. The more controlled and considered studio approach allows me time to reflect on ways to enhance and refine my subject while still taking into account the energy of plein air work.
Both approaches provide an invaluable resource that permits me to view my methodology from multiple viewpoints. Watercolour painting, over a lifetime, has been an intriguing companion on a quest for the clarity of capturing the essence of a portrait, the space and light in a still life and the power or stillness of a landscape.
Paul Miller graduated in 1980 from Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, majoring in painting and a minor in printmaking. During his academic years, he was the recipient of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust Award in 1986 and a scholarship to study at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada. In 1987, Miller received a postgraduate scholarship from the University of Tasmania to attend the Centre for the Arts in Hobart, from which institution he obtained a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1989.
He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Sydney, Newcastle and Tasmania, as well as a very early show, The Newfoundland Suite, at the New Brunswick Museum, curated by Robert Perceval in 1980. His work has been featured in group exhibitions in public and private galleries in Australia, Poland, Romania, Egypt, England, Japan and his native Canada.
Among Miller’s art awards are the 2008 Mortimore Prize, the 2013 Hunter’s Hill Art Prize, the 2011 Northbridge Art Prize. In 1995, the Art Gallery of New South Wales awarded him an artist-in-residency at the Denise Hickey Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
His work is represented in in major public and private collections in Australia and abroad, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Saint Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney; the National Centre for Fine Art, Giza, Egypt and Galeria Zyhdi, Raciborz, Poland.
Paul Miller was elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2012.