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TURNING TIDE

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“It’s still all about colour, it’s about music because that plays a significant role...it’s about the coast because no matter what I do it’s still there.” Lydia Miller, Artist, 2010.

Lydia Miller is not telling fibs. The essence of her work lies in the emotive rendition of colour, music and the ocean. Working from her airy apartment in Bondi, Miller creates medium to large scale paintings that ooze a certain lushness.




Unique to her practice is the way in which paint is applied to the canvas, drawing upon techniques learnt under the late Chinese master Chen Wen Hsi. Her latest exhibition Turning Tide evokes the artist’s conceptual move towards abstraction and is highly expressive in nature – coastal landscapes come alive with such energy and charm.

Whilst living in Singapore and Vietnam, Miller traveled extensively throughout South East Asia and studied brush painting alongside conducting classes in oil painting with both locals and expatriates.




Turning Tide reflects Miller’s technical learnings, with works evolving slowly by layering oils upon sketch-like acrylic strokes made with a traditional Chinese calligraphic brush. Miller’s treasured brush permits her to develop a unique stylistic agenda as she paints from a distance, which gives her freedom to work more abstractly, “…this brush forces me to be more abstract because it holds more paint, which means I can be freer with my work.”




With sweeping, grandiose strokes across the canvas, there is an overwhelming sense of movement in Turning Tide. Perhaps this sense of movement in Turning Tide should be attributed to Miller’s passion for music – something which she feels is ingrained in her practice. Music elevates the artist’s creative drive, taking her work to another level. Turning Tide has been created to the soundtrack of traditional Greek compositions and Miller admits, “Most of this work is intuitive and the music helps me get into that space – I couldn’t paint without music, I become obsessed with it.”



After studying arts and completing a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of New South Wales, Miller was lead to The Seaforth School for Art and Design, The Julian Ashton Art School, The Royal Art Society and The Workshop Art Centre. Selected for a number of significant prizes in Australia including the Portia Geach, the Mosman Art Prize, the Fishers Ghost NSW and many others, Miller is establishing herself as one of Sydney’s most promising contemporary artists. Migrating to Australia from the Ukraine in the 1950s Miller found that as a young child her two most cherished possessions were art and music. Turning Tide offers a zeal for nature and is delicately tranquil.




Download a pdf invitation to Turning Tide


View previous work by Lydia Miller
Highly Strung - Exhibition 2007
Sea Fever - Exhibition 2009



For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au


 
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