Painting Patrick: After Venus & Olympia

In this multimedia piece Nick Miller draws our attention to the tradition of the reclining nude in art. Taking a lead from the canon of reclining Venuses from Titian to Manet, Miller replaces the traditional female object of desire with a matter-of-fact male presence. The accompanying film, is set to the offbeat pace of ‘Trumpet Vibe Cello Piano’ by Kevin Volans , the renowned contemporary composer known for his work with artists such as William Kentridge and Jurgen Partenheimer. The film offers an open and intimate view of the meeting and collaboration between artist and sitter and mIller’s encounter based practice of painting.
Painting Patrick after Venus and Olympia: images

Painting Patrick after Venus and Olympia: FILM

Video preview of installation

INSTALLATION PREVIEW : Painting Patrick after Venus & Olympia


HD Video projection, duration 22 Minutes.
Sitter: Patrick Perring
Music: “Trumpet Vibe Cello Piano” by Kevin Volans.
Editor: Colm Farrell.
Producer: Tom Weir/Janey pictures
Film and painting © Nick Miller 2011
Music © Kevin Volans Courtesy of Chester Music.


The Heritage Council, Kilkenny Arts Festival. 2011

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