(b.1964) 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.
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
With atmosphere, 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.