albert w. miller, american artist
albert w. miller art
albert miller self portrait

Albert Miller's art included non-objective, realistic and abstract styles applied to portraiture, landscape, still life, and figure painting. His media included oil, acrylic, watercolor and collage. During the most productive years of his fine arts career, he was represented by Little Gallery and Forum Gallery in New York City.

In 1998, Miller was asked to write about his philosphy of art. His reply:

From the beginning of recorded time, the arts have been the only language capable of transcending the aloneness, the isolation inherent in individual human experience.

My work during the 1950s, and that of many others, was an effort to reduce what we understood of art to its lowest common denominator in an attempt to arrive at total purity of expression, the most direct and purest statement possible.

During the 1950s and most of the 1960s, in our search for essence, my best works (admittedly few in number) and that of many excellent painters succeeded in achieving a kind of metaphysical ambiguousness at the expense of clarity of purpose and were generally believed to be intelligible without the artist's personal handbook of metaphor, simile and symbol to only an elite few. Was this at that time good? Is any other way of working better? I don't know. All are valid. All are to be learned from. All have became part of the language of art.

I still search. And while I feel the discovery of absolutes, truth and the essence of things is attainable, it may only be possible in that other part of one's brain where, without reason and intellect and relative to nothing, awareness happens and substance is suddenly transformed. Although I find my all-too-infrequent small awarenesses impossible to visualize or intellectualize, they are life's most exciting moments, and the major reason I paint.

When one contemplates style, it becomes immediately obvious that style is the coat those who supposedly have style put on in order to be thought unique. I can't imagine style as being anything other than just being myself. I am the sum total of all my experiences and, as such, I am unique. Honestly unique. Art is language and it has always seemed stupid to me to limit my vocabulary . . . to be a minimalist or realist or abstractionist or nonobjectivist in order to establish ones limits. I prefer to think I haven't any. And therefore, I paint. Period.

I work now as if all prior learning and experience have been put aside . . . forgotten. And though I still search and am never satisfied, I am content to work with the somewhat sensitive-to-the-whole-of-life residue that remains. I believe my work expresses, however quietly, what I have tried to say.