It is unusual for the abstract and the uncanny to aesthetically and emotionally rub along with each other, yet McMillan, in working with familiar objects and giving them an other life, has made an other language…
Deborah Levy, Boxes and Books, 2019
Jeff McMillan is an American artist based in London. Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1968, he received a BFA from Texas Tech University (1991) and an MFA at the University of Alabama (1995) before moving to the U.K in 1998. His work approaches painting through materiality and process, often in dialogue with the found object. His work is held in public and private collections including Tate, London; the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas.
He has had recent solo exhibitions at Kristof de Clercq Gallery, Ghent (2018 and forthcoming in 2021) and Handel Street Projects, London (2016). McMillan was Abbey Painting Fellow at the British School at Rome in 2020.
Group exhibitions include Books + Papers II, Christine König Galerie, Vienna (2019); Fading Away, 22,48 m2, Paris (2018); 250th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London (2018); Five Easy Pieces, Large Glass, London (2017); Found, The Foundling Museum, London (2016); ABJAD, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2015); six memos for the next…, Magazin4 Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz (2013); Boule to Braid: Curated by Richard Wentworth, Lisson Gallery, London (2009); and the John Moores Painting Prize (2002, 2004, 2006).
As a curator McMillan created and ran the project space PEARL from 2001-2004 and has since organised a number of exhibitions including the abstract drawing show Tell it Slant at Frith Street Gallery, London (2016) and I AR YOU: Portraits by Self-Taught American Artists at Large Glass, London (2013). He was co-curator of British Folk Art at Tate Britain in 2014.