Lewis Miller is one of Australia’s greatest living portrait artists. He won Australia’s most famous portrait award, the Archibald prize, in 1998 and has been a finalist 17 times.
As well as winning and being shortlisted in many other art awards, his works are held in numerous public and private art collections in Australia and internationally. He has had 30 solo shows and his work has been included in over 90 group shows.
Painting from life, he has masterfully captured the likeness of notable sitters including High Court justices, a Nobel laureate, the first man to climb Mount Everest, as well as many artists and friends. In addition to his portraits and nudes, he paints exquisite still lifes which glow from the canvas.
He was appointed by the Australian War Memorial as a war artist in the Iraq conflict in 2003 and another commission saw him travel the globe to draw and paint over 60 portraits of scientists and technicians involved in the Human Genome Project.
In this episode of the podcast, Miller talks about his Archibald win, why he doesn’t seek to flatter his sitters, what appeals to him about painting oysters, fish and pomegranates, as well as providing many insights into his materials and methods.
To hear the conversation press ‘play’ above and scroll down to see the works we talk about on the show.
- 2018 solo show with Heiser Gallery, Brisbane
Links to people and things we talk about in the show
- Lewis Miller at Australian Galleries
- Lewis Miller at Heiser Gallery
- Peter Miller
- William Dargie CBE
- Victorian College of the Arts
- Allan Mittelman
- Archibald Prize
- Ray Hughes
- Natasha Walsh
- Lucian Freud’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
- Michel Lawrence documentary on the making of portrait of Bernard Teague
- The Hon Bernard Teague AO
- The Hon Kim Santow AO
- The Hon Robert French AC
- Sir Edmund Hillary KG ONZ KBE
- The Hon Susan Crennan AC QC
- Rick Amor
- Tom Alberts
- Australian War Memorial
- Peter Churcher
- Will Dyson
- Nora Heyson AC
- George Lambert
- Sir Ivor Hele CBE
- Francis Bacon
- Paul Cezanne
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Edgar Degas
- Video of Lewis Miller in the studio on the Talking with Painters YouTube channel
Portrait of Susan Crennan AC QC is in the feature image above