Henry Miller is a lawyer who has been collecting art for as long as he can remember. After receiving a Master’s degree in Art History at Christies Education in London, Henry merged his life-long interests in art and interior design by opening Henry Miller Fine Art.
The gallery is usually housed in his beautifully restored Walthamstow home, a place where he displays works for sale alongside those of his personal collection. This month, buoyed by the reception of his endeavours, Henry is bringing his collection into central London for the first of a series of pop-up exhibitions at the Coningsby Gallery in Fitzrovia from 27th February to 11th March 2017.
Curated thematically around representations of the male form, the exhibition spans the centuries and incorporates a diverse range of movements. 17th Century paintings and 19th century academic studies are displayed alongside more contemporary works, creating a stunning visual representation of gentlemen through the ages.
Unbound by any particular time period or style, Henry’s collection of paintings, drawings, photography and prints is delightfully eclectic in character and is an extension of his own collecting taste.
Although not a prerequisite for inclusion in the show, many of the artists featured were gay. Keith Vaughan, Glynn Philpot, John Minton, Jean Cocteau, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Noel Coward, amongst others, are all represented here.
Highlights include ‘Dancing Men’, a work by the German artist Erich Heckel, from 1917. A wonderfully simple piece of Expressionism which flouts accepted societal norms of the dance hall and which is all the more extraordinary when one considers when it was created.
Also of note, is a particularly sensitive and captivating early self-portrait by the British artist Edgar Holloway, a self-taught artist, who created a series of self-portraits throughout his life, this one created when he was only 18.