FAMOUS is proud to present the Harland Miller Deckchairs, available to purchase once again. The fabulous, colourful deckchairs - each from a Limited Edition of 50, show his signature adaptation of Penguin’s instantly recognisable book covers.
The artist and writer Harland Miller is known for his large-scale, playful reworkings of Penguin book covers. Miller takes much-loved book jackets of classic works by Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe and others as his starting point. By rendering them in oils at poster size with quirky new titles, he transforms them into contemporary, often satirical commentaries on life and literature. Whether ironic, nostalgic, or downright cheeky - "Dirty Northern Bastard," by DH Lawrence, or "I'm so Fucking Hard," by Hemingway - the titles demythologise and amuse in equal measure.
Harland Miller is attracted to books as objects – the more battered, stained and lived in the better. "I remember my parents' Penguin books. For me, they are about nostalgia for a by-gone era - that musty smell, those coffee-mug rings, the often heart-breaking inscriptions on the inside cover."
Miller has lived and worked in New York, Berlin and Paris. Born in the North of England in 1964, Miller's fondness for the drizzle and grimness of those northern towns remains a strong theme in his work.
"I suppose mine is a very English sense of humour" he says.