Kunmana (Samuel) Miller

1966 Ernabella, South Australia
Community
Kalka, South Australia
Language
Pitjantjatjara
About

Kunmana (Samuel) Miller was born at Ernabella mission in north-west South Australia. When his mother passed away, his father’s second wife and accomplished artist Molly Nampitjin Miller looked after him. He grew up in Amata and Pipalyatjara and now lives at Kalka in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands with Molly and the rest of the family.

His paintings depict in technicolour detail the rockholes, creeks and hills relayed in Tjukurpa (Dreaming stories) that track across the artist’s ancestral land east of Pipalyatjara.

Work

Kunmana (Samuel) Miller has developed a style that uses simplified forms to bring the viewer into a close encounter with his art, while careful arrays of colour, inspired by the landscape, evoke a sense of place.

The result is visually compelling, with images that brim with colour and vitality, yet always, through the artist’s keen attention to detail and technical skill, cohere into a settled whole. Miller captures in paint aspects of what it is like to connect with country on a deeply personal level.

FIND
Art Centre
Ninuku Arts
Galleries
Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
RAFT Art Space, Alice Springs
Short Street Gallery, Broome
Outstation Gallery, Darwin
Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne
Aboriginal Signature, Bruessels (Belgium)
Redot, Singapore
Artkelch, Freiburg (Germany)
Harvey Art Projects, New York (USA)
Kunmana (Samuel) Miller
Title
Ngayuku Ngura
Acrylic on canvas, 2016
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