Monday, September 24, 2012

A Conversation with the Internationally Acclaimed Artist Steven Miller


 
Introducing artist Steve W Miller; he has exhibited his works on the national and international levels in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Cologne and Madrid. He is a Vinal Haven Fellow, a Rubenstein Scholar, and a Parsons School of Design Fellow. Mr. Miller’s work is in many private and public collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Please enjoy our conversation and some of his amazing works of his art. He often works in large scale format which captures your attention and takes your breath away. 


1) Steven, Tell me about your first interest in the world of art.

My earliest interest in art was from my childhood.  I started drawing and painting when I was 3 years old and have continued to do so to my adulthood.  There was a time when it seemed to come too easily so I took a break, but ultimately the draw to make art was too strong for me to resist--so back I came.

2) When your studies began, I understand it was in the representational principles of art.How did that evolve into other and current genres that you are so well known for?

Yes representational art was my latent education.  I am self taught, but decided to go to graduate school so that I could teach on the university level.  I did get offers from universities, but none that instantly appealed to me.  I had to "unlearn" what grad school taught me and get back to my roots.  I was afraid to make an abstract painting, but eventually learned the language and equipped myself with the tools to hopefully make a "successful" abstract work.  I do dip into the landscape and figurative pool now and again, but prefer making abstract work.


3) What inspires you when you are facing a large canvas? There is so much Vitality…Energy in your works of art. Your methodology?

I am inspired by everything that surrounds me: people, animals, news, the internet, photographs, pop culture in general.  I layer my canvases and use lots of glazing.  I work and rework my canvases.  Often times I will work on a canvas for several years.  Sometimes they gell almost instantaneously


4) Who has been a mentor in your life? Are there artists that have made such an impression on you that you have emulated or have been uniquely affected by their works?

Artists that inspire me are De Kooning, Guston and Joan Mitchel, among others.  Of course Matisse and Bonnard as well.
5) Your work is internationally known and is in many private and public collections around the world. Can you tell us some of them?


I am lucky enough to have been included in the Savannah School of Art & Design's Museum, MOMA and in many private collections, most of whom prefer to remain that way, but my work can be found from Los Angeles to Madrid.


6) Some readers may be interested to know that your works of art have been in television and movies. How did that come about?
  
 My work has also made appearances in both television and film.  My work was initially discovered by the director of "Sex and the City", and from there it blossomed to other tv shows and films.  It's always nice to be asked.

 

 7) Steven, where are you currently exhibiting and do you have any openings in the near future?

 I've just taken a break from my NY gallery.  I just had a show in May 2012 in NY.  I am concentrating on my work and not necessarily concerned with my next show.  That being said my next show is in May 2013 in Greenwich CT.



 8) Finally what words of wisdom would you impart to an artist of any age; whether a beginning artist or not?

My only words of advice are to focus on your work and be passionate about what you do.  Try and make clear and intelligent decisions--and if you make a mistake or two along the way, hey that's part of life and the learning process.  Don't worry about what other people are doing, listen to your own inner voice.   
Excellent advice, Steven. I believe one of the most difficult challenges for an artist can be finding their own voice to translate to the canvas, through the lens, etc.

Steven, Thank you so much for participating in The 2012 Artists Series. I am so impressed with your works of art. I am truly inspired.

Readers you may click on the images to see the incredible saturated color, layering, brushwork, and glazing on Steve's art. 

Also, please visit Steven's website to read more about him as an artist and view many more of his works of art at  stevenwmiller.com. You can find prints of his art at at http://steven-miller.fineartamerica.com/ For additional information please contact Steven at (212) 255-6247.


As always your comments are so important to the blog community and our featured artist.

xoxo

Karena

Art by Karena




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38 comments:

Renée Finberg said...

i think i like his work.
he sure is handsome.

xox

Paisley Curtain said...

He sure is very talented, your interview with Mr. Miller is great. I know some times how a blank canvas can intimidate you :-) but you have to over come that intimidation..

Best wishes

High Heeled Life said...

Great interview !!! and thank you for introducing him (I had not heard of him before) his work looks great!

Hope you are well ..xo HHL

Nancy said...

He sure IS handsome! Glad you are back Karena! We've missed you! Hope you are doing well.
xo Nancy
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The Pink Pagoda said...

His work is incredible. I enjoyed the great interview -- thanks for sharing Karena!

therelishedroost said...

What great work! Very versatile in feel, and his use of colors are fresh! May have to hit Greenwich for that show!
Thanks so much for sharing,
Karolyn

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I love hearing about childhood passions that turn into what you do as an adult.

Another great interview.

Fondly,
Glenda

Henhurst Interiors said...

Talented, smart and handsome! Thanks for the introduction!
Phyllis

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon dearest! I missed this post; you probably put it up after I got off of the computer for my wonderful morning routine!

What lovely colors this artist uses; color is one thing I never learned how to use properly!

How are you feeling? Yes, friends are so necessary to stay by our sides in good times and in not so good....I thank you so much for your kind words of support. If I could, I would just WRITE ALL DAY LONG, but there is no possible money in it. The little money I am making on Etsy isn't helping either, but I have to push to find a way to MERGE both and I hope to be working towards that daily.

HUGS TO YOU and may each day bring you closer to full recovery! Anita

Mise said...

A very interesting interview, Karena, and an assured and inspired artist. I hope you are recovering well, and happily distracted by art.

PURA VIDA said...

you poor thing!

CDS said...

Wow, I really like his work. Thank you for sharing! xo

Jamie Herzlinger said...

Wow, I love his work and his thoughts! Thanks so much for sharing!

Love, Jamie Herzlinger

pretty pink tulips said...

Karena,
Thank you for introducing us to Steven's beautiful work!! Though I missed his NY show....I live just a hop and a skip from Greenwich, so I'll plan on May 2013!!

xoxo Elizabeth

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

How fun for you to interact with all of these artists. The talent out there is mind boggling!

Leslie said...

Wonderful interview Karena.. and you forgot to mention he's handsome too! Such a talented individual. Interesting design and color!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Such a good interview and his work is really nice!

Splendid Market said...

So interesting to see abstract art look so natural. Beautiful color combinations and textures.

Linda Merrill said...

Thanks Karena for another great interview and for introducing us to Steven and his work!

Lost in Provence said...

Karena, yet another heart-felt thank you for this series--we need more of the like in our world. And Steven's work is a wonderful discovery for me. As I am especially appreciative of De Kooning, I loved seeing the "next step"!

{darlene} @ fieldstonehill said...

stunning creative work!!
Miss you! Did your comments ever work on my site again??
- {darlene}
www.fieldstonehilldesign.com

A Perfect Gray said...

wonderful interview, karena. his abstract work is terrific. donna

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing pieces!
May have to go check out his show in Greenwich!

xoxox,
CC

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Hello, Karena -
Thanks for another fabulous interview! I bet his art is even more amazing in person! Fantastic colors, rhythm, energy...
Cheers from DC,
Loi

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my gosh...his work is incredible!!!...Great interview!

Claudia Lane said...

I love his work - beautiful and interesting - enjoyed the interview, thanks for sharing :)

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

I just love the shades he is wearing..

I think my favorite piece is the last one because of the impressionism mixed with the abstract quality. :)

Silvia C said...

There's something quite intriguing about his work. I think it is the bold mix of shapes and combination of colors that transmit a different feeling with each painting. Very unique. I love his advice about accepting mistakes as part of the process of developing your own style. Wonderful interview, Karena!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

What a talented guy. love his use of color and shapes.

Splendid Sass said...

Karena-
I will have to bookmark this artist! Absolutely stunning work, and I enjoyed the interview.
Thank you for sharing this great artist.
Happy Thursday.
Teresa
xoxo

About Last Weekend said...

Love his work, simple and confident and very painterly, it does look so familiar maybe because of the Sex and the City link. Rather handsome bloke too, must say....

Ideezine said...

Karena,

Great interview and I like his work. Blogging really educates us and brings us the best of the art world too. Such color and emotion that only and inner voice could reveal and an artist can display. Love it!

Bette

Katherines Corner said...

he is very talented.Thank you for introducing us. xo

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

These works would shake up a traditional interior quite nicely Karena! Thank you for all your great comments and hope you are well-mended as well. Happy weekend. xx

The enchanted home said...

Wonderful interview..its fascanating how so many artists know from a very young age that they have that ability and pursue it even when they are quite young. His work draws you right in and several of the paintings above really captivate me with their color spectrum and dimension....fascinating! Thanks Karena and Steven Miller!

Segreto Secrets said...

Thank you for bringing all of these people to us to meet. so wonderful to hear his perspective on things and his art!! Glad your better!! xo Leslie

vanessa gonzales said...

Great art man! And a great artist also. Keep it up.
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Francine Gardner said...

I always look forward to your introductions of art its and their work. I particularly like the last painting. I can't believe his next show will be in my neck of the woods, in Greenwich, Connecticut, I will make sure to go and look at his work!

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