Holly Miller


Holly Miller

I use everyday "poor" materials, a monochromatic palette and a restrained vocabulary to then expand and explore within those limits. I am interested in the physicality of drawing. I want to merge the tactile with the optical. Growing up in Rome Italy, I was brought up in a society that is fearless when it comes to touching. Body language is an inherent part of my life and I try to convey an awareness of the touch through visual means. The surface of the paintings have a physical layer of "drawn" lines that create a impression of concealing the painted ground while revealing it simultaneously. The vertical lines are drawn with a needle and thread and the tiny pierced holes could be suggestive of pores. The horizontal lines create a shadow line from the thread that suggests a quiet tension between presence and absence, reality and illusion, material and ethereal. My choice of colors is purely intuitive.


b. 1958, Buffalo , New York
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 1984School of Visual Arts, BFA
  • 2015Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2010Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1999Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
  • 1996Gina Fiore Salon of Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 1992Arena, New York, NY
  • 1988Stefania Miscetti Gallery, Rome, Italy
  • 2014Material Way, Shirley Fiterman Art Center at BMCC, New York, NY
  • 2014Color as Structure, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
  • 2010A better Tomorrow , Stefania Miscetti Gallery, Rome, Italy
  • 1998Loose Threads, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • 1997Current Undercurrent, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY
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Brooklyn, NY 11217