Trigger Happy – New Paintings by Cathey Miller
Opening Thursday, May 27, 2010
Artist Reception Thursday, May 27, from 8-10 p.m.
In her current series Trigger Happy at the Magnolia Gallery, Cathey Miller has turned her illustrator’s eye towards vintage Hollywood starlets dressed as cowgirls wielding guns. Using a limited palette of sepia tones, Miller has painted the cowgirls realistically. Surrounding each actress cowgirl is a flat field of bright color, a graphically striking complement to the rendered figures. The words painted above each subject add a modern twist to the paintings…commands like “Shut It,” “Come Here,” or “Step Off” adds a kitschy sexy twist to the nostalgic cowgirls, and invites the question, what will happen if I disobey Jane Russell?
Cathey Miller graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1985 and worked in New York City as a freelance illustrator for two years. She moved to Texas in 1988 and established her own art studio creating large and small-scale paintings for residential, and commercial clients including Neiman Marcus, Barney and Friends, Fossil, and D Magazine.
Her personal work, which emphasizes portraiture and the female form, has been shown in galleries throughout Texas including solo shows at Houston’s Jung Center, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and the Kettle Art Gallery.