Eleanor Millard

About Eleanor Millard

Eleanor Millard is known for her haunting paintings depicting Victoria’s rural and coastal landscapes. Based in Port Fairy, a fishing village on Victoria’s Shipwreck Coast, Millard’s lexicon of imagery is drawn from combined fragments of real, imagined and remembered places that hover between abstract renditions and more representative forms: rugged rocks and coastlines, rolling hills, seaside cottages, lighthouses, and old buildings, set against vast shifting skies. Millard’s harmonic, tonal paintings capture the emotional resonance of a landscape – the quality of late afternoon light or the sound of wind across a paddock. Her unique colour palette contains contrasting hues and variations in tone, from deep indigos and cerulean blues to subtle shades of grey, intercepted by warm sunny yellows. Composed in swift, intuitive brushstrokes that form abstracted fields and patchworks of colour, Millard’s affective paintings evoke memories that are at once familiar yet impossible to place.

Millard has exhibited extensively and regularly for over two decades, including at Salt Contemporary, Queenscliff; Australian Galleries, Melbourne; Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney; and Linton & Kay Galleries, Perth. She has been a finalist in numerous awards and prizes, including the prestigious Wynne Prize (2011), held by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and was awarded the Kedumba Drawing Award in 2013. Millard’s work is held in numerous private collections in Australia and overseas.

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