Folk Art Gallery
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R.A. Miller

Born: 1913
Hall County, North Georgia
Died: March 7, 2006

 

R.A. Miller was the youngest of eight children. Six months before Mr. Miller was born, his father was shot and killed by a neighbor who wanted to control a public road. His father died on Christmas day. At twelve years of age Miller walked back and forth to work in the cotton mill where he worked for twenty years. Mr. Miller cut and sold firewood for fifty cents a load. He lived on the property he grew up on. The original house was blown away in the tornado of 1936 that destroyed Gainesville, Georgia and killed many people. After his marriage, Miller found religion and started preaching at tent revival meetings all over Northeast Georgia.

After retiring from the cotton mill, farming and preaching, Mr. Miller once again started making the whirligigs he had made as a boy. He used tin, bicycle parts and scrap metal as his materials. He is known for the painted cutout animals that he found inspiration for by watching National Geographic programs on TV.   His artwork has appeared in the band R.E.M.'s videos and was shown at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta exhibition "Outside the Mainstream: Folk Art in Our Time". He is exhibited in galleries worldwide and has work in the Museum of American Folk Art in New York.