ELLIOT MILLER 1942 - 2003

2002 - Elliot Miller currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and creates his sculptures in his loft overlooking the East River. He has been a carver for 38 years and has taught classes and workshops for over 24 years in the U.S. and abroad. While his passion is sculpting in wood, he also enjoys clay modeling, stone carving and painting. Elliot is known for his adroit handling of a wide variety of power, hand carving and sanding tools.

Elliot grew up in downtown Miami and Miami Beach, earned his B.F. A. degree from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida and his M.F.A. from the University of Oregon in Eugene. His work is in permanent collections at the Art Museum at Florida International University, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the University of Oregon Museum of Art and Miami Dade Community College. His large scale sculptures have also been purchased by Art in Public Places and placed in parks in Miami. Elliot has had a one man show at the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York City and, most recently, a show at the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York.

I create my sculpture from wood I find in my Brooklyn neighborhood and in upstate New York. Animal motifs are currently my favorite subject, but I have spent many years working from the human figure. My animal studies begin in clay so I can work out the poses and relative scale and capture the natural essence of the animal. My primary sculpting tool is the electric chainsaw, using other tools for more refined, detailed elements of a piece. I often leave a portion of the wood untouched in its original state, to emphasize the contrasts in texture and color. Through my work I hope to capture a sense of warmth, whimsy and beauty inherent in nature's creatures. I also offer studio visits, to discuss the variety of sculptures on display, their conception and construction and my approach to art-making.

© Elliot Miller 2002