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Peter Miller

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Peter Miller can perhaps best be classified as a contemporary still life painter, although he also often works outside of that genre, incorporating narrative based and large portrait work (the latter of the two having become a strong passion for him).

In his still life work he tends to play with old and damaged objects that convey a sense of story and show the signs of time passing whilst also looking for and painting simple objects, objects that he sees a beauty in that may be missed by others, and through painting magnifying their beauty, in a sense placing them under a spotlight for the viewers awareness.

"My work had it's origins in the Dutch Vanitas paintings of the 16/17th century, the period during and following the boom time in the tulip trade in the Nederland. It has changed a lot over time, but I am still probably currently best known as a still life painter. The Vanitas influence is still there but not often obvious, except perhaps to myself. Over time I have brought the human figure into my work more and more, as a potential carrier of a stronger narrative. And now portrait work has taken my interest also, the challenge of trying to capture the essence of a person and personality.

 

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      SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITION

      2020
      1. Time Machine: Foenander Galleries, Auckland
      2018
      1. Beneath The Surface: Foenander Galleries, Auckland
      2017
      1. This Mortal Coil: NKB Gallery, Auckland
      2016
    1. Presence: NKB Gallery, Auckland
    2. 2015
      1. When I Grow Up: NKB Gallery, Auckland
      2013
      1. The Mark of an Object: Railway Street Gallery, Auckland
      2009
      1. The Age of Innocence: Whitespace Gallery, Auckland
      2007
      1. Time Passing, Passing Time: McPherson Gallery, Auckland

      SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

      2019
      1. Transitions-nOva art space, Sofia, Bulgaria
      2. The Intimacy of Distance- NKB Gallery, Auckland
      2018
      1. Round- Gallery 33, Wanaka
      2017
      1. 12 Years On- Gallery 33, Wanaka
      2016
      1. Keepsake- NKB Gallery, Auckland
      2. Group exhibition, NKB Gallery, Auckland
      2015
      1. The Figurative Show- Vivian gallery, Matakana, Auckland
      2. Group exhibition- Gallery 33, Wanaka
      3. Xmas Group exhibition- Gallery 33, Wanaka
      2014
      1. Fusion- NKB Gallery, Auckland
      2. Xmas Group exhibition- Gallery 33, Wanaka

      AWARD, RESIDENCY AND COMMISSION

      2020
      1. Walker and Hall award, Waiheke (finalist)
      2. Adam Portraiture award, Wellington (finalist)
      2017
      1. Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, Whakatane (finalist)
      2016
      1. James Wallace Trust Art Award, Auckland (finalist)
      2. New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton (finalist)
      2015
      1. New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, Hamilton (finalist)
      2. Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, Whakatane (finalist)
      2014
      1. Adam Portraiture Award, Wellington (finalist)
      2. Molly Morpeth Canaday Award, Whakatane (finalist, 1st prize)

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