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Paton Miller

Sometimes straight-forward, more often mysterious and somewhat elusive, his imagery has a rustic quality reminiscent of the Mexican muralists and Gauguin, with a sense of his subjectsâ€&#x; innocence and physicality. Millerâ€&#x;s ability to formulate captivating, interwoven depictions of existence and lore serve as only one part of the work; the physical nature of his paintings hold their own presence.


Sometimes straight-forward, more often mysterious and somewhat elusive, his imagery has a rustic quality reminiscent of the Mexican

muralists and Gauguin, with a sense of his subjects’ innocence and physicality. Miller’s ability to formulate captivating, interwoven depictions of existence and lore serve as only one part of the work;

the physical nature of his paintings hold their own presence.


Los Gemelos| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 70 x 78 inches


About Paton Miller: A native of Hawaii, Paton Millerâ€&#x;s work lushly and un-abashedly chronicles the vibrant and authentic narrative, events and daily life of villages, people and the environments he has visited. The ideas and experiences are the true catalyst for the work and have allowed Miller to assemble a vast and colored documentation of these lands that at times stand as a National Geographic of sorts for the familiar and subconscious. Millerâ€&#x;s ability to formulate captivating, interwoven depictions of existence and lore, serve as only one part of the work, while the physical nature of his paintings hold a presence all their own. As a young traveler in Asia and Europe, Miller became struck by the power of the centuries old frescoes and how the patina of time made them even stronger and more curious. His later experience in working with the volatile element of dynamite and various construction materials has given Miller an appreciation for the worked surface and translates into the nostalgic, dreamlike and aged handling of paint that Miller has come to be known for.


Night Fishing| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 84 x 76 inches


From Paton Miller: Making paintings is easier then writing about them. I think this has to do with the intangible parts of a painting, and there is much of that. The process for myself starts with the events that shape my life. When I was a little boy, I drew caricatures of my family. There was never a dull moment so there was much to lampoon. I began to travel and paint the places I visited and the people I met. This is something I still do. I jokingly refer to these pieces as my “National Geographicâ€? work. As I got older and started to have axes to grind, I found that being an artist is tailor made for axe grinding. At this very specific moment in time, my axes have been ground out. Iâ€&#x;m sure there will be more to come and I am content painting my greatest adventure yet: my family, and our adventures and travels around the neighborhood and the world.


The ideas and events that are the reasons for making the paintings are only half of the story. The other half is the physical nature of the work. I can tell you that the idea is one thing and the surface is another. As a young traveler in Asia and Europe, I was struck by the power of the centuries old frescoes and how the patina of time made them even stronger and more curious. My experience working with dynamite and construction added another appreciation for how things look when they have been „worked‟. This „working‟ of the paintings is as personal as the way I talk or walk and equally as hard to explain.


Fez, 2009| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 76 x 84 inches


Illustrated Man, 2013| Oil on Canvas | 75 x 75 inches


Pat in the Box| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 50 x 52 inches


Boy with Crayon | Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 78 x 84 inches


Mother & Child Wearing African Mask, 2009| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 40 x 64 inches


15 Millers, 2010 | Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 60 x 48 inches


Boy on Leash| Oil Canvas | 65 x 96 inches


Boy with Trumpet | Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 82 x 84 inches


Costa Rican Hat, 2012| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 55 x 48 inches


Moby Dick, 2005| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 62 x 58 inches


Leaping Horses, 2012| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 76 x 104 inches


Giottoâ€&#x;s Mule| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 76 x 104 inches


Fixing a Hole, 2012| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 78 x 104 inches


Stone Breakers After Courbet, 2012| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 76 x 104 inches


Boat of Sculptures, 2013| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 53 x 64 inches


Still Life with African Head, 2012| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 55 x 65 inches


Alakhineâ€&#x;s Defence, 2009| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 55 x 68 inches


Still Life with Puppet, 1988| Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas | 55 x 48 inches


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