With someone like Harland Miller who’s equally talented as an author and painter, it’s only fitting that his best work should be inspired by books. The Brit wunderkind, whose atmospheric homages to iconic Penguin paperback covers are also instant classics, presents a visual (and visually appealing) narrative of a man’s life through the books he’s read. Small wonder that one of his biggest fans is Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, one of the smartest, coolest and most stylish cats on the planet.
Miller’s takes on Ernest Hemingway (“12 Rounds With God”, “I’m So Fucking Hard”), Evelyn Waugh (“Gateshead Revisited”) and D.H. Lawrence (“Dirty Northern Bastard”) are must-sees for anyone whose ever been influenced by their work. Though Miller himself dismisses some of his manlier allusions as “The Macho Shit,” who among us hasn’t imagined himself as Hemingway at one time or another? Ah, we thought as much.
- — Jared Paul Stern