Writer and Artist
Lynn Miller is the author of a number of works, both fiction and non-fiction, as well as a painter whose dominant style is that of abstract expressionism.
Lynn Miller is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Temple University. He is the author of a number of books and articles on world politics. Books include Organizing Mankind and Global Order: Values and Power in International Politics. His 2010 novel is Crossing the Line. He is the co-author (with Lloyd Jensen) of Global Challenge, (with Annette H. Emgarth) of French Philadelphia, (with James McClelland) of City in a Park, and (with Therese Dolan) of Salut! France Meets Philadelphia: The French Presence in Philadelphia's History, Culture, and Art, which will be published by Temple University Press in 2020. He is currently at work on a memoir, Postcards from Delphi.
Lynn Miller's Paintings
As a painter, Lynn Miller seeks to explore through visual means aspects of the world he studied as a humanist and social scientist. He explores in a vivid and painterly way what he imagines may underlie our experience of complex phenomena. He makes visual our ideas and sensations. He began as a landscape painter. Landscapes remain behind his work, which is increasingly abstract, with references both to the physical world and to states of mind. He seeks the dazzling visual moment, and to reveal aspects of our shared human experience. He views himself as principally a humanist in his approach to art, but one with an analytic bent.
This is "gestural painting, yet marked by painterly finesse and sensitive use of color . . . Lynn Miller favors an at-times-unnerving isolation of elements, then attempts to reconnect them with much vigor." Victoria Donohoe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 2011, review of "Abstracted, Take Five," at Muse Gallery, Philadelphia.
See how that white-hot planet, blazing bright,
Has pierced the sable velvet of the sky
So that another pinprick dot of light
Beams through the punctured drape where angels fly!
See how it shines among its neighbors there!
They sparkle side by side as if, instead
Of light-year distances apart, they share
The ambit of a curtain's single thread.
But wait! This planet moves from its last berth,
Not circling like our world in unfelt flight
About the sun, but, rising from our earth,
Now pounds its way to Paris through the night.
In flight, like splendid angel bands we are;
On earth, we take an airplane for a star.