July 22 – September 20, 2021
Porch Gallery Ojai presents John Millei: Works on Paper. Through the various mediums of drawing, collage and painting, Millei’s works blur the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Focusing on the traditional motifs of flowers, portraits and hands, Millei brings together imagery that is simultaneously serious and playful. The flowers conjure memories of California flower power and surf culture. The abstract heads and hands invoke notions of gesture, gender and posture. In all of his works, Millei’s process of abstraction becomes a proxy in which the viewer places their own associations and memories.
A Southern California native, John Millei divides his time between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA. Millei began painting in the late 1970s, and while he has concentrated on a variety of subjects, most notably large scale seascapes and art historical references, he is always focused on exploring and challenging contemporary modes of formalist painting.
John Millei has exhibited at galleries both nationally and internationally, including Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL; Galerie PCP, Paris, France; Ace Gallery, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and CDMX, Mexico; and Marc Jancou Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. Millei’s works are represented in important collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Velan Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico; and Dib Bangkok Museum, Bangkok, Thailand. John Millei’s works have been reviewed and discussed in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Modern Painters, ARTnews, Tema Celeste and Artforum to name a few.