Miller specializes in woodcut portraits. Most are larger than life depictions of known artists and thinkers, although several others, including a series of Van Gogh, feature the subject's portrait smaller, in a corner and visually integrated into a related landscape or cityscape.
Although the colors scheme is dominated by black and white and colors are always muted, most of the works are composed of at least 2 layers, adding depth to the imagery.
Though the craft is painstakingly refined, the evidence of Miller's art-making process is always part of the final product. For example he uses multiple panels to build a large image, often creating a seam that runns down the center of a face, sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious, and sometimes completely vanishing.
While I always get lost in the tremendously varied linework in Miller's prints, what is most memorable is the life and personality in each of the large portraits. Each face capture's a particular state of mind, whether it is the bound nervous energy of Sarte (detail above), the friendly-yet-intense gaze of Barbara Hepworth (second image featured here), or the deep, quiet distraction of Phillip Glass (third image).
I highly recommend this exhibit to any art-lovers who will be in or near Philly before it closes April 8th.