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Hell… It’s Only Forever 1 (XXL) by Harland Miller

Hell… It’s Only Forever 1 (XXL) by Harland Miller

Manifold Editions



Edition Size: Edition of 50

Sheet Size: 171.5 x 119 cm


Condition: Pristine

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Hell… It’s Only Forever 1, a new edition by artist and writer Harland Miller, is taken from the painting of the same title from Miller’s series, Hell Paintings. The Hell Paintings are inspired by the bold and energised ‘go faster’ graphic design style which started appearing on lorries and commercial vehicles in the 1980s. Miller spent a great deal of time watching these vehicles pass him by on his endless coach journeys all over the world. This edition has been a number of years in the making, based on the first Hell painting exhibited at Miller’s 2016 solo show at Blain Southern, Berlin. Numerically, Hell 1 seems a good place to start.

Miller describes, “There isn’t a visual sense of trauma in these paintings. Linguistically ‘hell’ is simply an intensifier… While I do admire the more literal depictions of hell… I wanted to do the opposite – to create a series, incorporating contrasting ideas and approaches, with gravitas.”

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Harland Miller

Harland Miller is a British writer and artist working both in Europe and America since the 1980s. In 2001 Harland Miller produced a series of paintings based of the dust jackets of Penguin books. By combining the motif inherent in the Penguin book, Miller found a way to marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting at once, with his writer’s love of text. The ensuing images are humorous, sardonic and nostalgic at the same time, while the painting style hints at the dog-eared, scuffed covers of the Penguin classics themselves.

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