Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


Jeff McMillan

Untitled (Portuguese Matchbox)

Top Pick

Christopher Le Brun, artist and President of the Royal Academy; Shanay Jhaveri, Assistant Curator of South Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern

Year 2016
Medium watercolour on paper
Dimensions 21.6 x 16.9 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

Jeff McMillan:

Born 1968 Lubbock, Jeff McMillan lives and works in the UK. Graduated from BFA Texas Tech University; and MFA University of Alabama (1998).

McMillan approaches painting through materiality and process, often in dialogue with the found object. In her text for the artist’s catalogue Biblio, (2019) Deborah Levy writes: 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…

As a curator McMillan created and ran the project space PEARL in Shoreditch in the early 2000s and in recent years curated exhibitions at Frith Street Gallery and Large Glass. He was co-curator of British Folk Art, Tate, (2014).

His work is held in public and private collections including Tate, London; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas.

Select solo exhibitions include Kristof de Clercq Gallery, Ghent (2018 and 2021); South Face, Handel Street Projects, London (2016); and The Possibility of an Island, PEER, London (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Fuori le Mura, British School at Rome (2020); The Unseen Masterpiece, (online), Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2020); Books + Paper II, Christine König Galerie, Vienna (2019); Fading Away, 22,48m2, 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 mementos 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, London (2002, 2004, 2006).

Awards include the Abbey Painting Fellowship at the British School in Rome (2020).