Burning (with Gwen) 5th August

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5 August 2002

Oil, light, dye destruction print

64 x 55 cm / 25.25 x 21.5 "


Fabian Miller was invited by the Graves Art Gallery to choose an object in the permanent collection on which to base a work for the present exhibition. He selected Gwen John’s painting A Corner of the Artist’s Room, Paris (1907-9). The picture attracted him because of its warm, Parisian light streaming into the interior, particularly to the top part of the painting, its colour range and the light forming angular but diffused shapes. Further to is formal qualities the image suggested an artist who was attuned to an ennobling aspect of domesticity, revealed in what Fabian Miller described as:

the daily cycle of tasks that create a home the love and beauty that enters such a life at certain moments. These are often revealed as light passes through a room, defining and remaking a home as the sun passes across the sky beginning and ending our days.


The painting evinces, in John’s words, ‘the desire for a more interior life’. Having immersed himself in her biography and imagery, Fabian Miller produced three images, Burning with Gwen (2001).


From the exhibition guide Light / The Visible Reminder of the Invisible by Martin Barnes. Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, 2002.

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