Zurich Portrait Prize | National Gallery of Ireland

Zurich Portrait Prize 2021
National Gallery of Ireland

An exhibition of shortlisted portraits will go on display in the Gallery from 13 November 2021 to 3 April 2022. The exhibition will then travel to Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, where it will be displayed between 23 April and 17 July 2022.

Portrait of Patrick Hall – painting | Nick Miller | 2021 | Oil pastel and paint on linen | 102 x 92 cm
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Patrick Hall | Beginnings

Patrick Hall; Beginnings | Curated by Nick Miller
The Model | 23rd October - 23rd December 2021

Catalogue with essay (pdf)


Working Drawing 9 | Patrick Hall | 2021 | Watercolour and Ink on paper | 25.5 x 25.5 cm

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the way that we went | Ballinglen Museum of Art

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Benwee Head (1998), Nick Miller, Oil on linen , 183 x 183cm

the way that we went
Ballinglen Museum of Art
Ballycastle, Co Mayo
5th November  – 18th December 2021

In an exhibition curated by
Anne Mullee for the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.

Showing this never before exhibited painting:

Coming out for a first ever showing after 23 years in studio storage, I am delighted this painting will be seen in Co Mayo, where it was made on site in 1998 - the first large scale
TRUCKSCAPE I ever made, as a novice 4 tonne truck driver reversing ever closer to the cliff edge. A painting that holds all the thrill of adventure & discovery –  of being able to paint on site, in nature at scale but protected from the elements.

Details & Press Release

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Patrick Hall in conversation with Nick Miller


Patrick Hall in conversation with Nick Miller

To mark the occasion of his exhibition, Beginnings, at The Model, we are delighted to present this very special gallery conversation between Patrick Hall and fellow artist Nick Miller. Beginnings, which is curated by Miller, brings together works from the past and present of Hall’s long artistic career, from his emergence as an artist in London in the 1950s, to works made in the present day at his studio in rural Sligo. The title of the show nods to the defining courageous nature at the heart of all of Hall’s work, and the way in which he approaches the act of drawing and painting with a beginner’s mind.
More details: https://www.themodel.ie/?exhibition=patrick-hall-beginnings

2pm. Sat. 6 Nov. Free, advance booking is essential.

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Barrie Cooke archive: A treasure trove of unseen writing by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney reveals a vital creative friendship

A treasure trove of unseen writing by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney reveals a vital creative friendship

Feeling nostalgic and celebratory today- posting these 3 portraits of Barrie Cooke in his honour- On the day an extraordinary archive is published released by Cambridge University’s Mark Wormald - It Documents an amazing trinity of creative friendships between Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Barrie Cooke-A treasure trove of unseen/unpublished works and poems by all three. I was very lucky as a young painter to have wandered into their orbit and drank a bit of the heady wine.

Posting three portraits I did of Cooke 1997, 2009 and 2013 and some photos-

Barrie Cooke, 1997. Oil on Linen. 98 x 98 cm Niland Collection,
The Model, Sligo

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Studio Viewing Room | online only exhibition: setting suns - close horizons

Launching 12th November 2020

Studio Viewing Room

First exhibition of small works from the studio
Full info and to view : setting suns - close horizons
online only exhibition until 31st January 2021

New dip pen and ink drawings from lockdown walks in Sligo


190th RHA Annual Exhibition : Royal Hibernian Academy | Invited artist


Together and alone, May 2020
Oil on linen | 102 x 92 cm

On show at the 190th RHA Annual Exhibition
20 October - 13 December 2020
currently only viewable online during Level 5 Covid 19 restrictions

Thanks to the wonderful
Eithne Jordan RHA for the invitation to show a piece in this year’s exhibition.

This piece is the first new painting made during lockdown 1, once the nerves began to settle. The subjects include an intense escapee ‘coronal’ like Poppy from a hedgerow, a white clematis and assorted bits of found sea sponge with a starfish peaking out.
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Artists’ Voices: Life in a Pandemic | National Gallery of Ireland

ESB CSIA Oral Histories

EPISODE 1 | Nick Miller in conversation from his studio in County Sligo
Born in London, Miller moved to Ireland in 1984 and now lives and works in Sligo. He is a painter who works in the genres of portraiture, still life and landscape. Focusing primarily on local subjects, including the rural landscape of north-west Ireland, he has developed a vigorous painting technique that merges representation and expressionism. He was the winner of the National Gallery of Ireland’s inaugural portrait prize in 2014.
In this episode, Miller discusses his work, including
From Cogan’s Shed, and talks about aspects of his life during the COVID-19 emergency.
This conversation was recorded on 8 May 2020.

Listen on Soundcloud, below:

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Harper's Magazine, July 2020

Harper's Magazine: July 2020

A letter from Ireland
Bogland By William Atkins
Climate change, and the peat industry’s dying days: (PDF)
See Online Version

Among the images reproduced for the essay by William Atkins is this painting made on the high bog on Carran Hill, painted from my mobile studio looking towards Sligo in 2001 & 2002. It is one of the early TRUCKSCAPES first shown in the RHA Dublin in Figure To Ground in 2003.

From Carran Hill to Sligo, 2001-2002. , Oil on linen, 214 x 186 cm. (Private collection, Ireland)


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The Time of Our Lives | Oliver Sears Gallery | Online

The Time of Our Lives
Oliver Sears Gallery
Online exhibition 14 April  - 29 May 2020

View on: oliversearsgallery.com

Sea_3-1-20- Nick Miller- Watercolour on paper-2020

The Sea 7-1-20 | Nick Miller | Watercolour on paper| 30 x 40 cm

The Time of Our Lives
The future can go and be 
bloody terrifying on its own 
for all I care. Me and my girl 
are stepping out for the past. 
We’re putting our best foot 
backwards, heading for home. 
What we'll do when we get there
we haven’t decided yet. 
For the time being at least 
we’re having the time of our lives 
all over again.
Hugo Williams

All Over again
Most mornings for the last few years, the nearby sea calls me from the comfort of my bed to swim alone. In the water I am free of the “bloody terrifying” future and the persistent past. The sea’s indifference to my fate offers a strange freedom, a universal encounter and a salve to the self, particularly in this time of extreme existential anxiety. Putting “my best foot backwards”, I attempt paintings to extend and hold this brief daily meeting with nature in my life. And then, like waves, “all over again’’.

Nick Miller

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Florid - www.rearwindow.london | 4 Mason's Yard, London | 27th Nov - 7th Dec


FLORID Nick Miller



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Parallax - www.rearwindow.london | 4 Mason's Yard, London | 13th-23rd November


Parallax Nick Miller



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