From Rags To Polyester belongs to one of Harland Miller’s most recognised series of works inspired by the Penguin book covers. From Rags To Polyester plays upon the well-known phrase ‘from rags to riches’, which suggests a commentary infused with underlying notions of class and modernity. One interpretation could be that it reminds a viewer of classic 20th century English comedians like Albert Modley and Frank Randle, in true Northern spirit. Drawing upon his Northern roots and steeped in British heritage, Miller’s work celebrates a treasured part of his country’s national aesthetic identity, whilst at the same time forging a fresh interpretation of that aesthetic that catapults it straight into contemporary culture, reimagined in a new, artistic context alongside bold text. The text takes precedent and combined with the dripping colour and painterly brushstrokes the effect of these works is one of an ageing paperback infused with artistic vigour.
Giclée print, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 95cm x W 74cm
H 37.4in x W 29.1in
This work is in excellent, like new, condition.
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