ROOTLESS

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Oliver Sears Gallery

25th October-29th November 2018

Oliver Sears Gallery is delighted to present Nick Miller’s first exhibition at the gallery. Entitled Rootless, this selection of Still Life paintings continues the development of a theme that has been absorbing the artist for the past seven years.

"We live our lives inscrutably included within the streaming mutual life of the universe"

Martin Buber “I and Thou” (1923)

Oliver Sears Gallery | Press Release | view CATALOGUE



Irish Times (pdf) | web
Art in Focus : Whitethorn Turning: by Nick Miller | Aidan Dunne | 13 Oct 2018
The Sunday Times (PDF) | Web
Rootless | John P O'Sullivan | 4 Nov 2018
The Gloss | Artistic License | 7th Nov 2018


Art Space Gallery | Michael Richardson Contemporary Art | London


6th September -15th October 2016


Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland writes, ‘This series is a personal response to the passing of life, to slowly letting go, while celebrating life’s fragility and tenacity. ....With this moving group of still lifes, Miller closes the circle of return to the place he left to start out on the road’.


The alliance of painting with remembrance is not new. In these paintings Nick Miller, draws on this facility to connect to his mother during her terminal illness in London. The key to the works are the vessels: vases and bottles that she had gathered around her in a lifetime; holding memory and meaning without sentimentality. Carried back to his studio after every visit to London to see his mother, they would be filled with whatever cuttings from nature were available and painted as a studio still-life. Miller describes the urgency of; ‘seeing the fullness of life before it passes. Making paintings this way offered some release in the face of transience and mortality, while still gambling on an afterlife in pigment itself’.


A 56 page catalogue includes a new text by the Irish author Colm Tóibín and an essay by Sean Rainbird.


View exhibition catalogue on-line


Art Space Gallery

ROOTLESS : New Paintings

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Whitethorn turning | 2017 | Oil on linen | 183 x 168 cm

Rootless - links

Selected Press
Rootless (2018)

Irish Times (pdf) | web | Art in Focus | Whitethorn Turning : by Nick Miller | Aidan Dunne | 13 Oct 2018
The Sunday Times (PDF) | Web | Rootless | John P O'Sullivan | 4 Nov 2018
The Gloss | Artistic License | 7th Nov 2018

Vessels : Nature Morte (2015-17)

Financial Times | Critics Choice 3/9/16
The Sunday Times (pdf) | John P Sullivan | 30/07/17
Irish Times (pdf) | Arminta Wallace | 22/07/17
Irish Times (pdf) | Gemma Tipton | 26/07/17
Irish Times (pdf) Online 3/2/15
Irish Arts Review Summer 2015
Texts & Publications

Rootless Publication (PDF)
Vessels-Nature Morte Publication (PDF)