Contemporary Figure Paintings by Joseph A. Miller


Contemporary Figure Paintings

Joseph A. Miller is an artist and an Associate Professor who paints for over 25 years. In particular, his main theme is contemporary figure paintings. “I focus primarily on the human figure depicted in environments that create a context for psychologically charged open ended narratives. Many of these narratives explore ideas about power and vulnerability” Miller explains.


In fact, within his narrative paintings Miller tries, and wonderfully depicts, both the human figure and the surrounding area. “[…] the way in which atmospheric light and locale can suggest a sense of mystery and silence. These works are dark, humid and hopefully, at their best, memorable.” he explains. Nature is equally important with the human figures. This is evident by his work.



Joseph A. Miller is an Associate Professor of Art at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo State University, where he has taught drawing and painting since 1997. He holds a B.F.A. degree from Kutztown University, Pennsylvania in 1990. Furthermore, he studied for an M.F.A. degree in painting and drawing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1993.


Miller’s work is in numerous public and private collections. Furthermore, several shows have been taken place internationally in Finland, China, Poland and the Czech Republic. In addition, his work is shown across the United States, from Berkeley, California to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Art Dialogue Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Meibohm Fine Art in East Arora, NY and the West End Gallery in Corning, NY represent his work. Of course, he has also earned numerous awards, including a First Place Award in Manifest Creative Research Gallery’s International Drawing Annual V. In this article specific work is showcased. The result is impressive. Enjoy.