Scott Miller
American, born 1955, Cleveland, Ohio; died 2008, Cleveland
Stacks Image 4867
Untitled, Sept. 6, 1988
Oil on canvas
48 1/2 in. x 33 3/8 in. (123.19 cm x 84.77 cm)
Gift of Mark Soppeland
1995.15
A prolific artist, Cleveland native Scott Miller plucked images from his subconscious, painting them in an energetic, gestural manner. His surrealistic paintings often fuse plant, animal and human forms, while his lurid colors create a heightened sense of otherworldliness. Miller began his compositions without preconceived ideas, making up imagery as he painted. The results are dream-like, both quiet and soothing, or as is the case with this work, nightmarish. “I see myself as a voyager, bringing things back,” Miller said. “I see myself dealing with subconscious, enigmatic images that have no reference, like twilight images in your sleep.” Although he refused to title or provide explanations of his paintings, he believed they directly reflected his personality, and were therefore autobiographical.

Scott Miller’s untitled painting was a gift to the Akron Art Museum from fellow artist Mark Soppeland in 1995.  In 2013, two additional paintings by Miller entered the collection—one created in 1989 and the other around 2000.

A related work at the Akron Art Museum
Scott Miller
American, born 1955, Cleveland, Ohio; died 2008, Cleveland
Stacks Image 7320
Untitled, 1989
Oil on canvas
63 x 63 in.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the Shirley H. Miller Trust  2013.42
A related work at the Akron Art Museum
Seymour Rosofsky
American, born 1924, Chicago, Illinois; died 1981, Chicago
Stacks Image 5522
Cafeteria (Rolled), 1974
Oil on canvas
45 ¼ x 67 ¼ in.
Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the estate of Seymour Rosofsky  2001.14