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01The Essay20180409

Artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Acclaimed artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work:

1. The 1970s and early art influences may have presented themselves after the graffiting of THIN LIZZY on someone's fence. At home there were father's yearnings for the culture of Venice, though the family lived in Naburn, Yorkshire. Which flooded a lot..

02The Essay20180410

Artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Acclaimed artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work:

2. The late 1970s and Harland ends up in a class at school below the 'worst' group. This group is called 'Peanuts' and with guidance from his teacher Miss Stow he discovers a passion for art and an early talent for painting. There's also a side-career in 'customising' clothes, thanks to Big Kevin.

03The Essay20180411

Artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Harland Miller is an artist whose word-play and dexterous brushwork has won him acclaim. He reveals how past decades have informed his work:

3. After art school and a stint at 'Pop World', he is whisked off to New York and promised a show organised by the Steinitz brothers. Anxieties about accommodation ensue. Then a night spent at Jerry's café seems to crystallize Harland's 'vision' for the future..

04The Essay20180412

Artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Harland Miller is an artist whose word-play and dexterous brushwork have won him acclaim. He recalls how past decades have informed his work:

4. After New York's 'Prisunic years', the city to be in is Berlin because Harland revers German Expressionism and David Bowie went there. As usual it's a struggle to find anywhere to live, though he ends up in some memorable places. And, incidentally, what's the relevance of George Formby at this time?

Producer Duncan Minshull.

04The Essay20180412

Artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Harland Miller is an artist whose word-play and dexterous brushwork have won him acclaim. He recalls how past decades have informed his work:

4. After New York's 'Prisunic years', the city to be in is Berlin because Harland revers German Expressionism and David Bowie went there. As usual it's a struggle to find anywhere to live, though he ends up in some memorable places. And, incidentally, what's the relevance of George Formby at this time?

Producer Duncan Minshull.

05The Essay20180413

Artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Harland Miller is an artist whose wordplay and dexterous brushwork have won him acclaim. He recalls how past decades have informed his work:

5. The mid 1990s and he's back in New York, staying at the Chelsea Hotel. There has been some success with a show called YOU DIG THE TUNNEL - I'LL HIDE THE SOIL. But the old anxieties over money and accommodation linger on. And also heart-break over a woman called Celeste. Then a mysterious encounter changes everything..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

05The Essay20180413

Artist and writer Harland Miller reveals how an eventful past has fed into his work.

Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond

Harland Miller is an artist whose wordplay and dexterous brushwork have won him acclaim. He recalls how past decades have informed his work:

5. The mid 1990s and he's back in New York, staying at the Chelsea Hotel. There has been some success with a show called YOU DIG THE TUNNEL - I'LL HIDE THE SOIL. But the old anxieties over money and accommodation linger on. And also heart-break over a woman called Celeste. Then a mysterious encounter changes everything..

Producer Duncan Minshull.