Max Miller’s Fine art brush waterlour painting Titled ‘The world of dew is only the world of dew and yet…oh…and yet…’ Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)
Medium – brush watercolour painting and black Chinese ink
Dimensions 66 x 140 cm
I was searching around Fogg Dam, near Darwin, and recorded unusual plants to put into a study. This same natural beauty surprises us here in the Southern Highlands. Many of the subjects are from Kangaloon and surrounds: winter lichen, seeds, native plants, Aboriginal stones, local birdlife, moths and butterflies. The painting took six months to complete but I enjoy the spirit and detail of these old rainforest areas as a place to work in, with all the abstract forms they possess.
– Max Miller, 2015
About Max Miller the Artist –
Max Miller was born in 1940 at Wellington, N.S.W.
Max lived in the Yeoval, Obley and Dubbo area until 1958 then in
1963 – 64 Studied at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney – Drawing and Painting.
1965 East Sydney Art School, Sydney – Sculpture.
1967 Max attended the American School of Arizona, Summer School in Florence, Italy Introduction to Etching.
1967 – 68 Studied at Hammersmith School of Art, London – Sculpture.
1968 – 72 Studied at St. Martins School of Art, London – Post-Diploma for Foreign Students Painting and Printmaking.
1972 Max returned home to Australia by sea and overland via Europe, Middle-East, India and South East Asia.
1973 Max helped set up and acted as Co-Director of Miller Street Print Workshop (also known as Zero Print Workshop).
Max Miller Taught at National Art School, Sydney, part-time.
1975 Began working in conjunction with David Rankin on Print Edition-ing.
David Rankin formed Port Jackson Press.
1976 Moved to East Kangaloon and set up his own print studio to work on his own work and limited edition fine art etchings.
1976 Since 1976 Max Miller has for worked with artists Lloyd Rees, John Olsen, Clifton Pugh, Cedric Emanuel, Arthur Boyd and Frank Hodgkinson in the traditional making of limited edition fine art etchings and prints.
1979 Returned to Europe and visited Japan, contacting hand-made paper workshops and studios for Printmaking.
1980 Max was Commissioned by Panasonic Australia for two editions of etchings.
1981 Travelled with Clifton Pugh to Tibooburra and Coongi Lakes in the desert areas of South Australia, South West Queensland and N.S.W. This made a great impression on the artist and since then he has made extensive field trips into the inland every year.
1983 Commissioned with Clifton Pugh by the Wilderness Society of Australia to visit and complete a series of works on the wilderness areas of the Franklin and Gordon Rivers.
1983 was selected by the World Print Council to exhibit with 100 printmakers worldwide in a travelling exhibition to regional galleries in the U.S.A
1984 Taught at summer School at Claremont School of Art Perth W.A
1987 Taught at Summer School at Flying Art School Yapoon Queensland
Commissioned by Art bank for a Tapestry to be woven by Victorian Tapestry Workshop
1994 – 95 Made trips to Europe and Japan.
1996 Travelled extensively in Japan.
1997 – 99 Travelled central Australia.
2000 – 01 Travelled central Australia with a group of English Artists/Printmaker’s. Exhibition London 2001
2002 – 03 Travelled to South Australia, Northern Territory and Arnhem Land.
2004 Travelled to Yikkala and Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, with group of Artists to work on a two way exhibition for black and white Artist’s at Framed the Darwin Gallery.
2005 – 09 Preparation for Exhibitions – Maitland Regional Gallery, Framed The Darwin Gallery & Tim Olsen Gallery.
Travel to Central Australia, Northern Territory & W.A
One Man Exhibitions
1970 Saint Martin’s School of Art London Commonwealth Institute Gallery, Edinburgh
1974 -76 Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1976 Solander Gallery, Canberra
1977 Powell Street Gallery,
Melbourne. Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1978 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane,
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1979 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
Warehouse Gallery, Melbourne.
1980 Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane
Coventry Gallery, Sydney
1981 Miller Gallery, Perth,
And Stanfield Gallery, Melbourne.
1982 Coventry Gallery, Sydney.
1984 Miller Gallery, Perth
1985 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney.
1986 Macquarie Galleries Sydney,
Breewood Galleries Katoomba,
David Ellis Fine Art Melbourne,
Chapman Gallery Canberra A.C.T.
1987 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney.
1988 Macquarie Galleries Sydney
1988 Australian Galleries Melbourne
1989 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney.
Chapman Galleries, Canberra A.C.T
1991 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1993 Chapman Galleries, Canberra A.C.T
Gallery 460 Gosford
1994 Regional Galleries Touring Exhibition “Vistas, Views and Visions” organised by New England Regional
Art Museum, Armidale
Gallery on Brunswick Brisbane
1996 Gallery APA, Nagoya, Japan
Gallery Savah Sydney
1998 Gallery East, Fremantle, W.A
1999 Southern Highland Regional Gallery Retrospective Exhibition
2000 Solander Gallery, Canberra A.C.T
2004 Tim Olsen Galleries, Sydney PAGE 2 Group Exhibitions.
1970 St. Martins School of Art Gallery, London.
1974 Australian Printmakers – Bonython Gallery Sydney
Australian Painters – Hamilton, New Zealand
1978 Coventry Collection – Monash University, Melbourne
1979 Australian Commercial Galleries, Basel, Switzerland
Print Biennials at Bradford, UK & Yugoslavia Etchings – Curwin Gallery, London
1980-82-84 Norwegian Print Biennials
1983 Selected as one if 100 world printmakers to exhibit in an exhibition of world printmakers travelling USA, World Prints (USA)
1982 “Green as a Rainforest” exhibition with Clifton Pugh Exhibition on the Franklin and Gordon Rivers, organised by the Wilderness Society
1986 “Print as Object” – travelling exhibition to regional galleries organised by the Print Council of Australia Print Biennial, Eire (Awarded Jurors Choice)
1988 Invited to exhibit with the Watercolour Society, Sydney.
1992 Watercolourist – Breewood Gallery, Katoomba
Kedumba Art Award
The Bell Gallery – Charles Gosford and Max Miller Exhibition
1995 Three Painters – Savah Gallery, Sydney.
1996 Selection of Watercolours and Etchings, in gallery exhibition of Australian Art Corbally-Staunton Gallery, London One of 5 artists selected to exhibit in exhibition ‘East of the Sun’ at the Brett Whiteley Studio.
“Australian Watercolours from Gallery Collection 1882 – 1980s at the Art Gallery of N.S.W. and then travelling to Regional Galleries.
Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize Exhibition – Art Gallery of N.S.W
1996 -97-98 Dobell Drawing Prize Exhibition – Art Gallery of N.S.W
99-03-04-05 Dobell Drawing Prize Exhibition – Art Gallery of N.S.W
1998 Out of Australia. Australian Contemporary Painting, Shanghai
Exhibition travelled to Hong Kong.
1999 3 Person Exhibition -Margaret Woodward, Robert Juniper, Max Miller at Framed the Darwin Gallery, N.T
1999-00-01 Bell Gallery, Berrima
2000 Bell Gallery, Berrima 3 Person Exhibition – Max Miller, John Olsen, Peter Hickey
Travelled to central Australia, hosting group of British Artists ( Royal Society of Engravers & Etchers and exhibiting with them in the U.K Solander Gallery – Twenty Six Important Painters.
2001 12 OUT BACK – Bankside Gallery, London
2002-03 Bell Gallery, Berrima N.S.W.
Exhibition – Benjamin Hargraves Gallery, London.
2004 Art Gallery of N.S.W. – Contemporary Australian Prints from the Collection
The Darwin Gallery N.T
2005 National Gallery of Australia – ‘ MOIST’
Australian Watercolour Exhibition 27 August – December 2005
2006 National Trust, 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers Exhibition at the S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2007 Newtown Fine Art Traders, Group exhibition ‘PATRIOTA’ – 7 artists from the early 60’s
2009 Exhibition – Maitland Regional Gallery
Framed – The Darwin Gallery N.T. ‘In Good Company ll’
2010 Goulburn Regional Gallery – Joseph Banks Exhibition
2010 Art Atrium Art 2K
1976 Mosman Print Prize
1973 74 Royal Agricultural Society, Sydney – Modern Painting Section.
1977 City of Hamilton, Victoria – Watercolour Prize
Art Gallery of N.S.W. – Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize
1975 The Seventies – Australian Paintings and Tapestries, National Bank of
1979 Southerland Art Prize
Wollongong Art Prize
1984 Berrima Art Prize
Camden Art Prize
1985 Warrnambool Print Acquisition (Victoria)
1986 Berrima Art Prize
Eire Print Biennial – awarded Jurors Choice.
1986 Mobil Oil Company – Video on Clifton Pugh, Mobil Oil Etching Commission
1986 John Olsen, My Complete Graphics 1957 – 79, Gryphon Books.
Lloyd Rees, Etching and Lithographs, Beagle Press
1986 World Print IV, Travelling Exhibition of 100 World Printmakers – USA Galleries
2003 Acquired – Kedumba Drawing Prize – Wentworth Falls N.S.W.
Art Bank Sydney
Aurelan Art Gallery Alice Springs
Australian Broadcasting Commission, South Australia
Australian National Gallery, Canberra A.C.T
Australian National University A.C.T.
Bank of Tokyo, Japan
Broken Hill Art Gallery
Burgmann College, Canberra, A.C.T
Civic Collections of Sutherland, Camden and Mosman
Claremont College, Perth
Family Law Courts Canberra, A.C.T
Griffith University, Queensland
High Court, Canberra, A.C.T
Kedumba Drawing Collection
National Australia Bank
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
Newcastle Art Gallery, N.S.W
Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Prints, Fredrikstad
Overseas Telecommunication Commission
Parliament House Collection, Canberra. A.C.T.
Phillip Morris Collection
R & I Bank, Perth
Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania
Sith of Hamilton, Victoria
Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art
State Galleries of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland,
Western Australia and Tasmania
University of Queensland
Visual Arts Board, Sydney
W.A. Institute of Technology
Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery, N.S.W
Bibliography Australian Watercolours from the Gallery Collection
1880s to 1990s, Art Gallery of N.S.W
Australian Artist Magazine, 1990
Australian Artist Magazine, June 1996.
Australian Painting 1975 – 80, Kim Bonython.
Australian Printmaking in the 90’s, Sasha Grishin, Craftsman House.
Australian Printmaking, Sasha Grishin, Craftsman House, 2001.
Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1992.
Country Look Magazine, Lifestyle Series No.36, 1990
Crafts Arts International, No.37, 1996. No.52, 2004
Highlife Magazine, Southern highlands 1998-99
Images II, Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1994.
Images III, Contemporary Australian Painting, Craftsman House, 1997.
International Artist Magazine No. 9, Oct-Nov 1999.
John Olsen, His Complete Graphics 1957 – 2005, Macmillan Publisher.
2015 Max Miller Winner of the Wynne Prize 2015: Trustees’ Watercolour Prize 2015 –
Max Miller has a collection of fine art limited edition handmade Etching prints, Max Miller has made Etching prints for many Australian Artist Author Boyd Brett Whitley John Olsen to mention a few.
Max millers love and masterful traditional technique of making fine art and fine art etchings has seen Max win several major wards.
The beautiful natural elements embalmed in spirituality of the country are all reflected passionately in Max Millers watercolours etchings and prints.
Max Miller Winner of the Wynne Prize 2015: Trustees’ Watercolour Prize 2015 launches his new range of limited edition digital giclee reproduction fine art prints with Etching House.
Max Miller in 2015 launches hand signed Giclee digital prints, reproduced faithfully from the original art works, with the original Max Miller paintings mostly in a private collection these limited edition prints are a way of allowing the public to enjoy Max Millers art works at an affordable budget.
Australian Artist, painter, water-colourist, Drawer, Printer, Printmaker in mediums such as Lithographs, Wood-engravings, Woodcuts, Etchings, Giclee digital prints, Etching and aquatint Max Miller has etched and painted his way into the folklore of Australian fine art