On with the interviews, I had Mark Allen Miller donate some time to answer a couple of questions and share some of his fantastic work with us. Mark Allen Miller lives in a tiny house in Southern California, with his lovely wife Karen, their three giant dogs, and a tiny baby. Mark has a unique style, I think Alix Sloan put it best-
“With an idealization of everyday imagery and bold use of pattern and color, Native Californian Mark Allen Miller breaks down, simplifies and recreates the history of common objects, creating nostalgic tributes with a contemporary sensibility.” – Alix Sloan
His work ranges from flat graphic shapes and found imagery accompanied by carefully executed spray paint pattern work to 3D pieces, like his run of tote bags that outfit released a while ago, several of his bags were picked by urban outfitters. Miller just opened an online store on his website that you can check out along with all of his past work. He has six new pieces available that probably won’t last too long, so get em first while you can.
His work can be seen is various publications- Metropolis Magazine, New York Times, Mother Jones, Organic Magazine, Walrus Magazine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, just to name a few.
So here we go-
SXH-Where are you from and what can you tell us about your hometown?
Miller-I grew up in Cerritos Ca. It is mainly known for its Auto Square and Shopping Mall. I remember mostly riding my Schwinn Stingray around the neighborhood. Just being a typical kid. Pretty normal middle class life really.
SXH-As a kid, what did you want to be growing up?
Miller-A Motorcycle Racer and an Architect
SXH-Who or what do you look at for inspiration?
Miller-I don’t really have a particular thing that I focus on.I do love flowers and plants so that might be one thing.
SXH-Where’s your studio?
Miller-Here in Seal Beach California
SXH-Describe a typical work day:
Miller-I don’t really come too until about 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. Kind of a night owl.
SXH- What materials do you usual work in?
Miller-Print, Spray Paint and Graphite.
SXH- What is your all time favorite painting?
Miller-I don’t have one. Is that wrong?
SXH- What do you do when you’re not making art?
Miller-Think about making stuff.
SXH-Is there any Artist or Illustrator you would like to collaborate with?
Miller-No, Not really much of a team player.
SXH- What are you working on now and what’s in the future for you?
Miller-Just finishing up a piece for Cookie Magazine this week.
In the middle of a pretty large commissioned piece for a friend.
Working on a series of prints and hand painted sketchbooks to be
featured on my new store.
SXH- Important non related question here: Sabbath or Zeppelin?
Miller-What’s wrong with liking both very much.
SXH- Coffee or tea?
Miller-Now I can be a little more definitive with this one. COFFEE!!!
SXH- Music, talk radio, books on tape or golden silence.
Miller-A nice mix of all four please.
To see more Miller’s work please visit his website- www.markallenmiller.com