B Millner Biography
B Millner (b.1939) is a realist painter and sculptor who began exhibiting his work in 2002 near the end of a successful career in business. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Davidson College (Economics and English) and the University of North Carolina (MBA). For over twenty years, Millner participated in studio classes at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School. He also took foundry courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, the number one ranked sculpture department in the United States. His work, which has been exhibited in galleries from Maine to Louisiana and in Anguilla, BWI, can be found in numerous private, corporate, and institutional collections, and has been selected for several national juried exhibitions.
Millner’s recent work approaches photorealism and includes interiors, landscapes, waterscapes, and cityscapes, frequently nocturnal. He favors character over beauty and likes to convey a certain grittiness in his paintings. When asked why so many of his paintings include manhole covers, he replied: “Because most streets have manholes.” Millner has been coming to Maine since 1995. He built a home and studio on Bailey Island in 2006, and now splits his time between Maine and Virginia, where he also maintains a studio.