About James Miller
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Building on the ethic that all things are connected, my intent is to provide you with an opportunity to recognize and contemplate your connections with people, places, and times outside of your own experience. Perhaps you will reevaluate, think anew, or confirm your own outlook, place, and purpose in the universe. Though realistic, the object of my work is not necessarily obvious. These pieces are not simply single solution puzzles, in which once you have discovered the solution, are done with, but sets of subtle allegorical vignettes imbedded in the imagery that invite your participation to recognize links to art, history, religion, and culture. My purpose is not to preach, but to guide and encourage further exploration by provoking emotional and intellectual stimulation, triggering synapses between what you see in the image and what you already know, remember, or imagine.
In an era where the vast majority of imagery carried around in our heads is derived from photography and where most of the physical objects in our world are mechanically or electronically produced, I have been fascinated with creating, in the photo realist style, handmade “photographs”. Also, enamored with the humble but noble snapshot, likely the most ubiquitous and familiar form of human-created imagery and a form of modern folk art, much of my past work has been attempts to celebrate the snapshot and, by using oil on canvas to hand-craft the picture, elevating the image to high art. Broadly influenced by the works of Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Lars Elling and Odd Nerdrum, my work now often includes various interleaved images, found objects, and numerous layers of paint, creating evocative imagery, tactile surfaces, and intriguing interrelationships.