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New in Consignment: Prints from Tom Miller

African American History Baltimore Consignment Made in Maryland New!

We are delighted to be able to offer screened prints from the nationally-acclaimed and beloved Baltimore artist Tom Miller (1945-2000).

Summer in Baltimore (1994)

"Summer in Baltimore" by Tom Miller

Maryland Crab Feast (1994)

"Maryland Crab Feast" by Tom Miller

The National Aquarium in Baltimore (1996)

"The National Aquarium in Baltimore" by Tom Miller

Much like his painted furniture, these three scenes invoke the Afro-Deco style for which Tom Miller was known. Each piece is part of a series of limited printings by Miller. The prints "Summer in Baltimore" and "Maryland Crab Feast" are companion pieces and were printed 195 times each. The third print, "The National Aquarium in Baltimore" was only printed a total of 75 times. There are finer details in this particular scene, meaning a faster rate of wear on the original engraving. Once it started showing signs of wear, Miller discontinued printing.

All of the remaining prints were left with the Steven Scott Gallery in Fells Point, Baltimore. We are thrilled to be able to sell these wonderful screened prints on behalf of the gallery, which includes a short bio of Miller on its site:

Miller always aspired to be an artist, painting found objects as a child and making regular visits to the BMA, where he took special interest in the Matisse paintings in the museum's renowned Cone Collection. The oldest of six children, he grew up in the Sandtown-Winchester area of the city and attended Carver High School. Tom won a scholarship to the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he received his B.F.A. in 1967. When friends and acquaintances asked him, during his undergraduate years, what he planned to do with a degree in painting, he joked that he planned "to have a big solo show at the BMA" - a dream that became a reality 30 years later.

 

Tom worked in the Baltimore City Public Schools as an Art Resource Teacher from 1967-1987, floating from school to school and teaching various media to all grade levels. At the urging of his friend Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, Dean of Graduate Studies at the Maryland Institute, Tom returned to the school to enter the M.F.A. program in 1985 on a prestigious Ford Foundation grant. Tired of the lack of spontaneity of the photo realist paintings he was making before graduate school, Tom began painting furniture with a unique whimsical multi-patterned style he dubbed "Afro-Deco..."

These wonderful prints must be seen in person! We are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM and Sunday, 12PM to 5PM. While you are in the shop, you can also look at the biographical children's picture book, "Can a Coal Scuttle Fly?" All pictures are by Miller himself with words by Camay Calloway Murphy (who happens to be the daughter of Cab Calloway). It is a lyrical and whimsical look at Tom Miller growing from a child into an artist, and what he learned along the way.

 

Portrait of Tom Miller by Raoul Middleman

Tom Miller (1945-2000), 1994, Oil on canvas by Raoul Middleman,

Baltimore City Life Museum Collection; Museum Department, 1995.22.1

 

A portion of the proceeds of each sale of these screen prints benefits Chase Brexton Health Services, Baltimore, MD, as per the artist's last wishes.

Please note: Because these items are sold on consignment, they are not eligible for discounts (including members) or shipping. Please call the gift shop at 410-685-3750 ext. 377 for more information.



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