John Miller (1931-2002) John Miller was born in London in 1931. Following a brief spell in the theatre, films and television he studied architecture and was articled to the church architects, Milner & Craze. He went to West Cornwall in the mid-fifties to measure the screen in St Buryan Church for an exam and returned to live and paint there in 1958.
In 1961 he was elected to membership of the Newlyn Society of Artists and he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1964. He served as chairman of the Newlyn Society of Artists for a number of years during the sixties and seventies and planned the first modernisation of the Gallery in 1968. In 1974 a solo exhibition in Penzance brought his work before a wider public and he began to show in London, New York, Vancouver and across Europe.
In 1975 John Miller held his first solo exhibition in London at the Anthony Fortescue Gallery.
John Miller has acquired a large following through the posters and cards of his paintings that are distributed worldwide.
John Miller's first major exhibition with the Portland Gallery was held in June 2001 was timed to coincide with the artist's seventieth birthday and with Truran's publication of Seeing is Believing, a major new book celebrating the artist's life and work.
Following a short illness, the internationally acclaimed artist John Miller died on Tuesday 23rd July 2002, at his home in Penzance.