Paton Miller, ‘Mule & Trees’, 2018, Sara Nightingale Gallery

Paton Miller’s oil paintings of ordinary scenes enhanced by his unique inventiveness are inspired by world travel, as well as domesticity and family life. Miller employs an earthy, neutral pallet, reinforcing his connection to nature and outdoor adventures. Human figures, as well as animals and invented “species”, populate his canvases. These subjects bring to life Miller's allegorical narratives that reference other places in other times. Several motifs appear repeatedly in his works: waves depicted as triangular blocks of color, mules and other animals carrying objects on their backs, boats, water and exotic foreign landscapes. When Miller travels, he paints the people he meets as a way to get to know them.

After leaving his home in Hawaii to journey through Asia in 1974, Paton Miller arrived on the East End of Long Island with a collection of travel inspired artworks that won him an art scholarship from Southampton College. Graduating with honors, Miller launched a career that has included more than twenty solo and numerous group exhibitions in New York City and throughout the United States. His works are held in the permanent collections of Guild Hall Museum, The Parrish Art Museum, The Heckscher Museum of Art, and the Long Island Museum, among others.

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