Michael Paul Miller’s art explores the human ability to persevere, adapt and survive, especially when the path is perilous and the end is bleak. (Above: The Calling, 2007)
The Migration’ (above, 2011) is an example of the tenacious humans he paints.
>My work explores the sublimity of existence through a post-apocalyptic environment emblematic of death, disaster, and desolation, without abandoning subtle indications of hope and beauty. – Artist Statement
Miller sayshe is fascinated by human perseverance. He identifies it as an ennobling characteristic, a “primordial instinct and necessity of life,” a theme reflected in his work.
–Red Tide (2003, one of his early works)
-No More, 2008
His post-apocalyptic themes cover all manner of disasters. One of his reviews notes that “Miller’s canvases continue the traditions of history painting with imagined scenes from a dystopian future spreading from the Heartland.”
In Miller’s words: This deconstructive setting is a harrowing and plausible circumstance that allows for an open-ended inquiry into the bewildering human condition, and enables the subject matter to address an extensive range of contemporary issues.
Michael Paul Miller’s website, here.
Categories: Apocalypse Art
I appreciate your interest in the subject and my work. Thanks for the write up.
Your art is so superb. It was originally The Migration that caught my attention, and then I dove into the rest of your pieces. Really beautiful. Thank you.