(IN BRIEF) A SPOTLIGHT ON:
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WHO IS MILLER?
Harland Miller (b. 1964) is a leading British artist best known for his giant canvases of Penguin Book covers, typically offering a sardonic statement about life: I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember, Death What’s In It For Me, Tonight We Make History (I Can’t Be There), and Who Cares Wins.
His paintings combine the emotive possibilities of abstract expressionism with the quick punch of words to deliver their message, and for all the macho grist of their making, and often overwhelming scale, they somehow express a frailty that hints at the human condition. As Miller has said:
"Painting is the worst medium to express narrative, but perhaps the best to hit a nerve."
Harland Miller is now considered one of the leading British artists of his generation. He is currently enjoying a mid-career retrospective, his largest and most ambitious exhibition to date, at the York Art Gallery here in the UK.
With blue chip gallery representation in White Cube, Harland Miller’s prices have increased year on year for the past decade. His auction record for a significant painting on canvas jumped from £85,000 in 2016 (Sotheby’s) to £237,500 in 2019 (Christies), both of which were for similar sized works and both titled Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore!
We have also witnessed similar price increases in his print market in recent years. This Is Where It’s Fuckin’ At… (2012) was released in 2012 for £3,600 and now commands a price well in excess of £50,000. Unique hand-finished prints of this image command a six figure price tag in the current market. Other print editions that have seen similar price appreciate include Fuck Art Let’s Dance | Fuck Dancing, Let’s Fuck, which was released by White Cube at £1,680 each and now sells for in excess of £40,000 for the pair (if you can find them!).
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HUW LOUGHER COMMENTS:
"We have witnessed an increasing level of activity in the Harland Miller print market in recent years, with enquiries and requests for his work growing each month. He is part of a group of established British artists that arguably have not been widely collected outside of the U.K. in recent years. This is changing and along with the likes of Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry and David Shrigley, to name a few, we are seeing an increasing level of interest from further afield (most notably the U.S. and the Far East) in these artists’ editions and multiples. If this continues, which I have no doubt it will, we consider Harland Miller to be a sound investment."
"As the Artprice analysis above shows us, with this increasing level of activity in the secondary market, there is now also good liquidity in his print market offering collectors and investors good exit opportunities should they need or want to sell now or in the future. Our mission has always been to offer a range of works by established artists and we are delighted to be able to present to you a number of Harland Miller prints that we hope will appeal, for all budgets and tastes."
WHAT WORKS CAN WE OFFER?
We are currently offering seven limited edition prints by Harland Miller, ranging from £2,750 through to £25,000. Here we select two for a closer look:
TONIGHT WE MAKE HISTORY (P.S. I can't be there) was released in 2018 and has become one of Harland Miller’s most sought after prints. This etching print (which was released in both a large and small format) was inspired by the title painting of the artist’s 2016 solo exhibition at Blain|Southern Berlin. This continues to be one of Miller's most popular works, exquisitely produced and is priced at £25,000 from a UK-based consignor. It is sold framed to conservation standards and offers both a stunning print, beautifully produced as always by Manifold Editions, with good investment potential.
HAPPINESS: THE CASE AGAINST was produced in both a large and small format (both editions of 50). After the success of the artist’s Penguin Book series, for his now acclaimed Berlin exhibition at Blain Southern in 2016, he incorporated his own designs, taking inspiration from the abstract, geometric covers of popular psychology books of the 60’s and 70’s. HAPPINESS: THE CASE AGAINST is inspired by an original work of the same name. We are delighted to be able to offer the small format print on consignment, with which Miller experimented with different printmaking techniques using polymer-gravure, photo-etching and block printing to build up a painterly, and layered surface texture. A true classic of the highest quality. Happiness is priced at £12,500 plus shipping.
Browse the entire Miller collection here.