R.A (Reuben Aaron)
Reuben Aaron Miller (July 22, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was a self-taught folk artist, best known for his whirligigs, metal cutouts and drawings. Miller began producing outsider art late in life, placing hundreds of his completed works on his property, as well as selling them on the roadside. His work gained wider recognition in the 1980s, when it was featured in a music video, and subsequently exhibited in museums of art. Widely collected, and in constant demand, Miller is acknowledged as one of the more notable senior folk artists in the United States.
Miller's work has been
included in such exhibitions as Outside the Mainstream: Folk Art in Our
Time at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta (1988) and Passionate Visions
of the American South at the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana (October
1993-January 1994). Further exhibitions, the inclusion of his work in museums'
permanent collections, and articles in such international publications as
Raw Vision have contributed to Miller's status as an elder statesman among
Georgia's self-taught artists.
In 2004 Miller lost his sight to an eye infection and moved to a nursing home in Commerce, where he died in March 2006. The month before his death, an exhibition of his work entitled R. A. Miller: A Tribute opened at the Brenau University Galleries.
Rabbittown (Gainesville), Georgia
|Bible People : “Man
and Woman” - circa 1995
Felt tip marker on masonite (12 1/2” x 18 5/8")