Kunmana (Samuel) Miller
1966 Ernabella, South Australia
Kalka, South Australia
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.
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.