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Harland Miller always loved art, but it was a
series of events growing up in Yorkshire, England
that actually led him to becoming an artist.
Missing an aptitude test because of appendicitis
set him on a less-advanced track at school, one
for "the criminally insane, people who were total
write-offs," he says. But recognizing a glimmer of
talent, his teachers encouraged his painting, and
he was selected to design a series of posters about
keeping the school clean. His work caught the eye
of a class bully, who insisted he create a painting
of Shakin' Stevens, an Elvis impersonator, on the
back of his jacket. "I thought, 'this has to be the
best painting I have ever done in my life,'" jokes
Miller. It was such a hit that other kids came
asking. "It was the first inkling I could make a
living as an artist, which where I was from was a
real fanciful idea."

Photo by WHITE CUBE (BEN WESTOBY)

Photo by PAUL STEINITZ

Artist and Writer

Miller's 2012 exhibition The Next Life's on Me at the White Cube gallery in London

Yet Miller didn't first gain fame from his
artwork, but rather his writing, foreshadowing
a career that has blended the power of art and
words. While living in East Berlin, he wrote Slow
Down Arthur, Stick to Thirty, a novel based on a kid
he grew up with who toured Northern England
with a David Bowie impersonator. Released in
2000, "It's about how his imagination never really
accepted Yorkshire, and his solution was how he
was living-it was an attractive idea to me," he
says. He followed it up with the novella First I was
Afraid, I was Petrified, inspired by a relative with
obsessive-compulsive disorder.
His success gave him a platform to talk about
his artwork, and a year later, he started a series
that catapulted him into fandom. While living
in Paris, he came across a selection of Penguin
books by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and F.
Scott Fitzgerald-the same type of paperbacks his
father would buy in boxes at auctions in the hopes
of finding a first edition. Worn and with bent
corners, he started to paint them in almost a Pop
Art style, but because they were written in French,
a language he did not speak, he substituted his
own titles for the real ones. The sayings-witty
and irreverent, memorable and powerful, often
with double meanings, stemming from his
writing, his life, and things he had overheard-

became the paintings' focal point (and in fact, his
starting point), with the style and color meant
to reflect or highlight the text, such as "I Am
the One I've Been Waiting For" and "Rags to
Polyester, My Story." Besides the nostalgia of the
book cover and the painting itself, "People engage
with the text; it resonates with them," he says. So
much so he's turning the many letters he receives
from enthusiasts sharing personal stories of his
work's impact into a book.
Other notable highlights include his 2012
exhibition The Next Life's on Me, which has a
darker edge-obituary tributes and book covers
with swirly designs and heavier titles based off
of Penguin's 1960s poetry books. (This series
appears as sketches in SIXTY SoHo's guestrooms
and a large-scale piece in the lobby.) Most recently,
he showed Tonight We Make History (P.S. I Can't Be
There) last year in Berlin. Taking inspiration from
social science books of the 1950s and '60s, which
were about "fixing things and moving forward"
after the war, he created original bright optimistic
covers filled with geometric patterns and his
signature dual-meaning titles, à la "Happiness,
The Case Against." This time, he says, "I'm not
taking something from the world but making
something new not seen before-but people
think they have, and that's what I want." hd

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