I am fascinated and inspired by the work of great historic artists and often use their images as a starting point for my paintings. I enjoy giving something from the past a new interpretation, thus bringing Past and Present together.
I was born in Detroit, Michigan. During childhood I lived in Hammond, Indiana, and teenage and early college years in California. As a child I loved making pictures and playing with
puppets and these two interests determined my life as a professional artist. After completing my formal art studies at the University of Iowa, I moved to Nova Scotia and taught art to children for three years. During this time I also experimented with puppet-mask theatre. In 1972 I helped to found Mermaid Theatre, Nova Scotia and designed theatrical productions until 1986. I returned to painting part-time in 1981 and then full
time in 1987. Since then I have exhibited in public and private
galleries in Canada, the United States and Italy.
The subjects I paint include still life, but mostly I create variations on historic masterpieces by artists I admire such as Vermeer, Mondrian and Leonardo da Vinci. In my theatrical designs I interpreted stories from the past in visual form and in my paintings I reinterpret images from the past.
1965 BA in Art, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA.
1969 MFA in Painting, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 DISCOVERY, Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto.
2003 LIFE IN STILL LIFE, EOS Gallery, Redlands, CA.
Recent Work, Hambleton Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC.
2000 LARGER THAN LIFE, Ferry Building Gallery, West
1997 REFLECTIONS ON STILL LIFE, Simon Patrich Gallery,
1995 STILL LIFE: CELEBRATING EARTHLY TREASURES,
Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC.
1989 FAMILIAR OBJECTS-FANTASY IMAGES, Whitten
Gallery, King City, ON.
1988 TOM MILLER NEW WORKS, The Latcham Gallery,
1987 OUT OF BOUNDS, Brampton Public Library and Art
Gallery, Brampton, ON.
1985 TOM MILLER AND THE MERMAID THEATRE,
retrospective exhibition of designs for Mermaid Theatre,
Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, NS.
Tom has participated in over 70 group exhibitions in Canada, Italy and the United States
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