James Miller was born in 1986 in San Diego, California. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, where he spent his teenage years and early twenties working construction, he attended the Yale School of Art and was later awarded the prestigious Dedalus Foundation Fellowship in New York.

His paintings approach the fidelity of mechanical representations and misdirect their resemblance to information. These fixed traces call to mind filmic artifacts, blueprints, x-rays, and projections. Using handmade tools, Miller records the surreal residue of his local landscape. Impressions of light and motion appear as retinal afterimages.