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Dense Detail Work: Art by Edward Bear Miller

A detail of a painting featuring American flag imageryFlag for Sandy (detail), oil on sewn and embroidered canvas

Edward Bear Miller previously studied sculpture and taught social studies – both experiences which seem to inform his current painting practice. The artist’s paintings feature heavy, earthy tones and a curious blend of gestural brush marks and dense detail work, leading to figurative landscapes that transform into abstract textural explorations when viewed up close.

An american flag embroidered onto a canvas and painted whiteTitanium White, oil on sewn and embroidered canvas


In his recent series, Aids to Contemplation of the Republic, Miller combines painting and portraiture with embroidery, painting various symbols of America on sewn facsimiles of the American flag. The resulting images, often featuring portraits that confront the viewer with their gaze, encourage onlookers to take a contemplative, non-violent look at the current state of the American republic.

The front page of Edward Bear Miller's art


This sense of confronting and examining is present throughout the rest of Edward’s recent works. Through stylistic and subject matter choices, the artist encourages his viewers to see mundane, recognizable structures, both from nature and man-made, in a new light.

An oil painting of an industrial scaffoldingTappan Zee Scaffolding, oil on linen

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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