What this piece portrays can be mistaken as rather blunt. By composing the title against the obvious symbols, the plane juxtaposed to look as though it's leaving the face of the woman and the fact that the face is no longer even present, the immediate interpretation tends to be that this is a piece of liberation and security. However, I hope the eye continues to ponder as you may begin to question why she still holds the cloth to cover herself and the context at which the helmet may be necessary. Her physical form is still rather secure and protected, even caged, so then what of her is being left behind? This is a piece of ego death, yet only of the mind. It should remain a tranquil piece, however not a freedom in its totality. 

The sides of the painting are the remains of the work that previously inhabited the canvas, showcasing a spotted pattern. It comes ready to hang. 

- Stow Miller

Leave Yourself Behind

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Finished edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

30" h x 30" w x 2" d
30 lbs. 0 oz.



Stow Miller
Spokane, Washington

Getting to Know Stow

One of UGallery’s youngest emerging artists, Stow Miller has a fresh pop aesthetic that straddles a fine line between playful and provocative. The work tackles the convoluted arena of modern sexuality and the emotional complexities of young adulthood. Stow attempts to explore the ways in which young people perceive relationships and themselves using a cheeky visual narrative. His nudes allude to the sexual undercurrents of popular culture and commercial society, all the while remaining colorfully light-hearted.