Exhibition Homage to David Miller
The Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste was particularly attached to pay homage to the British ceramicist David Miller, to whom the gallery had dedicated two previous exhibitions, once in 2002 and again in 2007 – which was to be the last exhibition of the artist before his sudden death in January 2008.
He was an artist in both crafts and fine arts. He was able combine genres and techniques with supreme ease and skill and his unique method of working developed from different domains. After the first pieces, low temperature salt pots with lightly engraved decoration, he started exploring raku in France in the late seventies, producing vessels and non-vessels with really distinctive brushwork decoration. Then he turned to wood-firing. At the same time he began to produce a beautiful line in glazed earthenware, freely decorated and radiantly colourful. Both artistic and traditional, it was pure yet functional. Inimitable aesthetics have always defined his work. One can get deliciously absorbed in the intricate network of his graphic games – those black strokes that glide through the torrential invasion of bright colours, like so many symbols of creative vitality and unrestrained joy. How can we not think of Pollock or the New York graffiti artists when we look closely at his designs and motifs…?