Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Godfrey Miller (Godfrey Clive Miller) (1893-1964)
Seated figure facing towards the front, c. 1957
Stamped with John Henshaw’s studio stamp of Godfrey Miller’s estate and numbered “64”
Pencil on buff coloured paper
Size: (image within the window mount) 37.7 x 25.2 cm; (frame) 64.3 x 49.9 cm

Condition: the sheet is in very good condition; the timber frame is unvarnished and has minor signs of its age (i.e. yellow oxidisation, insect specks and dustiness) and the backing sheet should be replaced.

I am selling this framed, original, museum-quality life-class drawing by Godfrey Miller for AU$980 (currently US$709.26/EUR632.74/GBP491.70 at the time of posting this drawing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this analytically strong figure drawing by one of Australia’s most famous artists, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


This drawing showcases Miller’s view of the tensions, relationships of angles and critical shifts of weight and mass in a figure. Where Miller perceived the strongest tensions of compression and weight in the figure, he invariably pressed harder on the pencil to create a visual analogue for the model’s physical experiences through dark emphatic lines. By contrast, where Miller saw a lessening of the same tensions his marks become softer and more like scribble.

Artists who have engaged in life-class sessions have all made—or should have made—sketches like this where their understanding of the model’s physical experience of maintaining balance in a pose is translated into expressive marks. This is an artist’s drawing made for artists. It was intended to be a work of self-exploration and focused commitment to thinking and feeling rather that as drawing designed to charm a viewer and the commercial market.


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