Artist biography

Godfrey Miller 1893-1964

A pioneer of abstract painting in Australia. Born in Wellington, New Zealand. Took a degree in architecture at Victoria University, Wellington, and began his career as an architect. Served in Egypt and Gallipoli during the 1914-18 war. Received his first training in painting c.1918 with Alfred O'Keefe in Dunedin. Travelled in China and Japan 1919, afterwards in the Mediterranean countries; studied in London at the Slade School at intervals between 1929 and 1938. Returned to New Zealand in 1938 and then settled in Sydney, Australia, c.1939. Painted in a semi-abstract style with a grid of lines and a faceted mosaic of colour, seeking to express the relation between human-kind and the cosmic order, but lived as a recluse and did not exhibit until 1952. Taught drawing at the East Sydney Technical College from 1948. First one-man exhibition at the Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, 1957. Died in Sydney.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.516