The youngest of eight children, R.
A. Miller's father was shot and killed over a road dispute
shortly before his birth. Starting work at a local cotton
mill at the early age of twelve, he would walk to work
at this same job for the next twenty years. Finding religion
as a young man, Miller preached in tent revival meetings
retirement, he began making whirligigs like he did in his
youth. He used found materials discarded by others such
as old bicycle parts, tin house siding and other scraps
to create unique and eclectic objects including the cut-out
tin animals for which he is best known.
A. Miller's work is highly collected and he is considered
one of the "elder" statesman of Folk Art. His
work has been featured in REM music videos as well as the
Museum of Art, Atlanta
Museum of American Folk Art, New York
R. A. Miller passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at the
age of 93.
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