Edward Bear Miller: RiverArts
The messy entanglement of human bodies, industrial infrastructure, wild terrain, non-human critters, and domestic spaces is my constant preoccupation. It is in the feral, punctured headspace between our leaky notions of nature and culture that creative genius is awakened. My art interweaves human figures with their gritty surroundings and psychological interiors in order to play with permeations of the self and the spaces and substances inhabited and absorbed by the self. Where does one stop and the other begin?
I love the fact that I can carry my easel and canvas on my back and apply my oil paints outside, loosening and occasionally losing myself in sprawling tangles of woods, factories, rivers, overpasses, and changing weather. These paintings are my lamentation and celebration of wildness enduring in a world where oil painters are the watchful companions and coy beneficiaries of industrial capitalism's rapacious, endlessly resourceful tyranny.
Edward Bear Miller lives and paints in the Hudson Valley. Born and raised in the District of Columbia, Bear apprenticed under Pacific Northwest sculptor Philip McCracken before embarking on a 12 year career as a social studies teacher. When he isn't making or studying art, Bear likes to climb, swim, play tennis, bike, play guitar, practice yoga , and read. He is on the verge of completing his MFA at SUNY New Paltz and shows his work regularly in New York, New Orleans and Washington DC.
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