Lewis Miller was born in Melbourne in 1959 and trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, where he also completed his post graduate studies. He exhibits regularly at Australian Galleries in Melbourne and Sydney and at Heiser Gallery in Brisbane.
Miller was awarded the Hugh Ramsay Portrait Prize in 1981, and having been shortlisted for the Archibald Prize sixteen times, won in 1998 with his portrait of fellow artist Allan Mitelman. He was awarded the 2000 Sporting Portrait Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with his painting of sporting identity, Ron Barassi. Other awards include the James Farrell Self Portrait Award at the Castlemaine City Art Gallery in 2007 and most recently in 2010 was awarded the Belle Arti-Chapman & Bailey Art Award. He has been a finalist three times in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
In 2003, Deakin University’s Stonnington Stables Museum of Art curated the exhibition, Lewis Miller : selected portraits 1983-2003. Commissioned portraits include Nobel Laureate Dr James Dewey Watson, co-discoverer of the DNA double helix structure, Everest explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, Sidney Baillieu Myer AC, the Honourable Justice Kim Santow OAM and Robert French Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. Miller has travelled and exhibited widely and as regular artist in residence at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, in 2003 and 2005 Miller was commissioned to produce a large series of portraits of the scientists and technicians involved in the mapping of the human genome.
In 2003, Lewis Miller was appointed Official Australian Artist to the conflict in Iraq by the Australian War Memorial. The artist spent three weeks in the Middle East where he recorded the services of the RAN, the RAAF, the Army and Special Forces (S.A.S.).
Miller’s work is represented in private and public collections in Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Australian War Memorial, High Court of Australia Canberra, National Portrait Gallery Canberra, Monash University, Deakin University Art Collection, University of New South Wales, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Karolyi Foundation Vence, France, Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory New York.