Max Miller

Max Miller b. 1940 -2023

Artist (Print maker), Artist (Painter)

The Wiradjuri painter and print maker Max Miller was one of the champions of the etching revival in Sydney in the 1970s and 80s.
A close friend to John Olsen, Max miller worked with many other iconic Australian Artist.

Max Miller Winner of the Wynne Prize 2015: Trustees’ Watercolour Prize 2015

Max Miller’s Fine art brush watercolour 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 bird life, moths and butterflies. The painting took six months to complete but I enjoy the spirit and detail of these old rain forest 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 making.

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 Traveled 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 print makers worldwide in a traveling 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 Traveled extensively in Japan.

1997 – 99 Traveled central Australia.

2000 – 01 Traveled central Australia with a group of English Artists/Printmaker’s. Exhibition London 2001

2002 – 03 Traveled to South Australia, Northern Territory and Arnhem Land.

2004 Traveled 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 print makers to exhibit in an exhibition of world print makers traveling USA, World Prints (USA)

1982 “Green as a Rainforest” exhibition with Clifton Pugh Exhibition on the Franklin and Gordon Rivers, organized by the Wilderness Society

1986 “Print as Object” – traveling exhibition to regional galleries organized 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.

Holdsworth Galleries

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 traveling 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 traveled 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 Watercolor Exhibition 27 August – December 2005

2006 National Trust, 45 years of the Sydney Print makers 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

Mobil Australia

N.R.M.A. 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

Panasonic Australia

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

SGIO Perth

Sith of Hamilton, Victoria

Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art

South Australia.

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

Wollongong University

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