Gallery Print Collection

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery houses a number of Australian prints, including a significant donation of works by Max Miller, John Olsen and Clifton Pugh.

Max Miller (b. 1940) was raised on a farm in Central West New South Wales, near Yeoval, and worked in a bank in Dubbo before moving to Sydney to study at Julian Ashton Art School. From there he travelled to the London to study sculpture at Hammersmith School of Art before majoring in print-making and etching at St Martins School of Arts.

When Miller returned to Australia in the 1970s he established the Miller Street Print Workshop (also known as Zero Print Workshop), where he created his own work and limited edition fine art etchings. Clifton Pugh and John Olsen were among many artists who worked with Miller and they became close friends. In 1981 Miller and Pugh travelled together to Tibooburra, Coongi Lakes and the desert areas of South Australia, South West Queensland and New South Wales. The landscape made such an impression on the artists that Miller has returned inland on painting trips most years.

Works in the Gallery collection demonstrate Miller, Clifton and Olsen’s observations of Australian flora and fauna, as well as a selection from Miller’s travels abroad through Rome, Tuscany and Florence.