Twelve paintings from the series A ROOM WITH A VIEW

This series began in 1989 and is still in progress

The Egyptian hieroglyphics, English text and Arabic script in these paintings repeat common needs found in every guidebook for travelers --- food, shelter and communication. Each painting is a foreigner’s attempt at conversation.

A Room with a View    version 1

oil on canvas    13 x 13”      

Arabic text is a crude shopping list that includes apples, bananas, salt, pepper, cheese, sugar, cake and tea. 

A Room with a View    version 18

oil on canvas    12 x 12”

Arabic text reads: On the sea.

A Room with a View    version 22

oil on canvas    16 x 18”

Arabic text reads: A room, a room facing the sea, with...

A Room with a View    version 28

oil on canvas    15 x 13”    

Both texts are obscured by overpainting.

Arabic text: A request for tea.

Egyptian hieroglyphics: Three symbols representing Drink, Desire, Laughingstock. 

A Room with a View    version 4

oil on canvas    27 x 22”

Arabic text reads: A single room, a room with a balcony, a room with a view facing the sea.

A Room with a View    version 13

oil on canvas    20 x 15”

The Arabic text records two voices complaining simultaneously.

Voice 1: Where are the walls? Where is the bed? The wash basin is blocked. 

Voice 2: This is not my laundry. This is not my laundry! Go away!

A Room with a View    version    21

oil on canvas    14 x 10”

The Egyptian hieroglyphic represents rain.

A Room with a View    version 5

oil on canvas    17 x 21”

Obscured Arabic text reads: whiskey.

A Room with a VIew    version 23

oil on canvas    12 x 12”

The Arabic text reads: Hot night. A room with a view.

The Egyptian hieroglyphic represents water.

A Room with a View    version 15

oil on canvas 12 x 12”

Arabic text reads: A room, a room with cherries, figs, raisins, pears, plums.

A Room with a View    version 26

oil on canvas    17 x 19”

Arabic text reads: Hot night. A room with a balcony, a room with a view.

English text in a mirror reads: Facing the sea.

Conversation between the desk clerk and a guest signing the register in a small hotel in Ireland.

Clerk:  “Sir, do you have a good memory for faces?”

Guest: “Yes, I think so. Why do you ask?”

Clerk:  “Because there’s no mirror in your room.”

A Room with a View    version 27

oil on canvas    11 x 13”

Arabic text reads: Plums, tea, tea, two word fragments, and wine.

© Paintings copyright Wayne Miller