Casting Light

Casting Light

A survey of the work of Paul Miller

Curated by Nick Vickers

23 January to 24 February 2018

Opening 10 February with Jo-Anne Reeves, Chief Executive Officer Parkinson’s NSW.

The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition by Canadian born Sydney artist Paul S Miller.

Miller was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over 16 years ago and has continued to focus on teaching and creating art. In Casting Light curator Nick Vickers has selected works that reveal the breadth of Paul’s practice in drawing, watercolour, ceramics and painting in egg tempera. In these works we can see his ability to move between a loose expressive approach and carefully observed details produced with the finest brushstrokes. His subject matter includes portraits of friends, the landscape of his local area and country areas he visits, still life arrangements of studio objects and evocative images of dreams and memories from his early years in Canada.

Vickers, states “Paul Miller is able to confront a notion of understanding that his affliction with Parkinson’s Disease is that swirl of smoke that threatens to envelop him in a bush picnic. Perhaps it is that light in the jar that is the illumination of the ‘blue angel’ who, after all, is the alter ego of the artist himself and he who has becomes the keeper of his own soul.”

Miller completed studies in painting and printmaking at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. He came to Australia in 1987 to undertake a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Centre for the Arts, University of Tasmania. Paul has lived in Sydney since 1989. He has held solo exhibitions in Australia and Canada and exhibited in numerous group shows. He was a finalist in the 2005 Wynne Prize, 2000 Sulman Prize, the 2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and the 2014 Archibald Prize.

(Image above:Angel (4) The messenger, 2007, watercolour on paper, 58 cm x 77 cm)


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Photographs copyright Richard Glover