Max Miller studied in Sydney, Florence and London and has exhibited his work since 1970. He is also a distinguished master printer who has worked with many artists including Brett Whiteley, John Olsen and Lloyd Rees.
Miller has for many years been attracted to Asian art and philosophy, particularly Buddhism, which has informed his artistic sensibility. His principal subject is the Australian landscape; his closely observed drawings of flora and fauna inform his more abstract work. This etching was made by abutting five plates, the composition echoing the format of Japanese screens.
"His concern… is not only to capture the physical topography of a place or its sense impressions, but to somehow convey the sense of the spirit of the place and to relate this spirit to a much broader understanding of the spirit of the universe". [Sasha Grishin, 'Australian printmaking in the 1990s, artist printmakers 1990-1995', Sydney: Craftsman House, 1997 p.204]
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
softground etching, aquatint, printed in blue, purple, brown and green ink from five zinc plates on five sheets of white wove paper
99.6 x 249.5 cm platemark overall (irreg.); 106.3 x 253.8 cm sheet overall
Signature & date
Signed and dated lower c. part e
Purchased with funds provided by the Young Friends of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1990
© Max Miller
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Contemporary Australian prints from the collection (2004), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2004–06 Jun 2004
Sydney Prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers:
Referenced in 3 publications
Sydney prints: 45 years of the Sydney Printmakers, Sydney, 2006. List of works.
Anne Ryan, Contemporary Australian prints from the collection, Sydney, 2004, (colour illus.). cat.no. 33
Anne Ryan, Look: 1953-2003 celebrating 50 years, 'Past and present: reflecting the diversity of Gallery's largest collection', pg. 54-56, Sydney, May 2003, 55.