After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1990, Terry
Miura headed out to New York City to pay his dues. He began his
career as a freelance illustrator, creating imagery for such
clients as Time, Newsweek, Rollingstone, and Sports Illustrated,
to name a few. In between illustration assignments he painted
and exhibited cityscapes, and continued his transition to becoming
a full time painter after returning to the West Coast in 1996.
evocative tonalist landscapes explore the relationship between
memory, emotions, and identity. "Although they're still
very much representational," says Miura, "they're not
about specific locations. Well, actually they are, but the locations
are found in my and the viewer's memories. Not out there in the
physical world. "
mood, and abstraction as driving characteristics of his work,
Miura has, more recently been revis- iting the complexities of
the cityscape as a major part of his repertoire. Urban Aria,
his latest solo exhibition at Thomas Reynolds Gallery in San
Francisco, illustrates his mastery in this genre.
Emotion and abstraction
carries over to his figurative works. It is in this genre that
Miura finds most personal expression; In painting the figure,
I allow myself to get lost in the process and take more risks.
Only by deconstructing the representational and the objective,
am I able to tap into the more subconscious, intuitive voice
which for me, is at once mysterious and authentic.