Keith Miller: 25 Years in Mexico

By Janell Meador

Galería Gleason Bacon is delighted to present a solo exhibition featuring the work of internationally acclaimed San Miguel artist Keith Miller. The captivating botanicals Miller may be best known for, as well as his landscape, still life, and allegorical street scenes of San Miguel, will be featured. The show also offers a rare opportunity to experience Miller’s unique travel sketchbooks, including those from his recent trip to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, which will be displayed in specially designed glass-topped cases in the gallery.

Keith Miller: 25 Years in Mexico
Sat, Jan 10, 5-8pm
Galería Gleason Bacon
Fábrica La Aurora, 12-A

A native of Canada, Keith Miller is a graduate of Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and also taught painting at Sheridan College, School of Visual Arts in Toronto. Miller has lived in San Miguel for 25 years. He has traveled widely and often, visiting Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, and East Asia. Miller began recording his responses to the world around him by working in sketchbooks in the 1960s — he now has more than 100. Created en plein air, “on the spot,” the sketchbooks include pen and ink, pencil, watercolor, and mixed-media/collage works. Miller’s Travel Sketchbooks were recently exhibited at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, England, where he presented an opening-night talk entitled, “Why Draw?” Miller says, “Doing drawings on the spot is a way to familiarize oneself with the subject matter.  As well as being a visual diary and a chronological record of one’s travels, sketches may become the starting point for a studio work.”

Miller’s stunning botanical paintings are extravagantly imagined — almost operatic in scope. Brilliantly lit, deeply shadowed, and strangely animated, some of the blossoms are so large and close up that they present a kind of abstraction, organic in character, in which any element of domesticity has been eliminated. The flowers seem to occupy some strange space in the natural order between plant and mammal. They do not so much grow as they heave and sigh. Miller has been described as a virtuoso painter whose flowers are shot through with stormy light and sexual energy.

Keith Miller and Lynn Gleason, who were partners in the Generator Gallery in the mid-2000s, are pleased to be working together again. Gleason and well-known New York painter Linda Bacon opened Galería Gleason Bacon in 2014 located in Fábrica La Aurora. Galeria Gleason Bacon invites you to meet Keith Miller and experience this overview of his work from the 1990s to the present at 12-A, Fábrica La Aurora, at an opening reception to be held on January 10, 2015 from 5 to 8pm. “Keith Miller: 25 Years in Mexico” will be on display until February 28, when the Galería will host a closing party beginning at 6pm.

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