MILLER, Gordon

Author Tags: Art, Maritime

With more than 100 remarkably detailed paintings, Voyages to the New World and Beyond (D&M $55) by artist and former seaman Gordon Miller depicts 500 years of sailing voyages to new worlds from the mid-15th to 19th centuries with scholarly respect and astonishing clarity. 978-1-55365-573-2

Miller also illustrated The Journal of Etienne Mercier (Vidacom Publications 2016) $19.95 written by David Bouchard. 978-1-988182-10-0

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Voyages: to the New World and Beyond

[BCBW 2017]

John Lyman Book Award
Press Release (2012)

Vancouver, BC – May 2, 2012. Douglas & McIntyre is delighted to announce that Gordon Miller’s Voyages: To the New World and Beyond (Douglas & McIntyre, 978-1-55365-573-2, $55) is a finalist for the John Lyman Book Awards in the category ‘Naval and Maritime Reference works and Published Primary Sources.’

Each year the North American Society for Oceanic History presents the John Lyman Book Awards to recognize excellence in the publication of books that make significant contributions to the study and understanding of maritime and naval history. Winners of the awards for books published in 2011 were announced at NASOH’s Annual Meeting held in Galveston, Texas between April 22-26, 2012. Each winner is awarded a certificate and commemorative plaque.

The jury said that Voyages features “excellent, accurate paintings and accompanying text,” and that it “is a substantial contribution to the literature of the Age of Discovery.”


Voyages is a visually spectacular maritime history of sailing ships and the extraordinary navigators who sailed them to the farthest corners of the globe. Exquisitely illustrated with almost 100 of the author’s paintings and many detailed maps and drawings of sailing ships, Voyages recounts the extraordinary feats of more than 20 daring maritime explorers, including Christopher Columbus, Bartolomeu Dias, Vasco da Gama, John Cabot, and James Cook. In narrating these explorers’ tales, Gordon Miller touches on the great themes of maritime history, including the development of new maritime technologies, the extreme dangers of ships sailing into unknown waters, the rise and fall of the maritime empires, the courage (and often brutality) of life at sea, and the discovery of new continents, cultures and products.

GORDON MILLER is a distinguished maritime artist and illustrator living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born in Winnipeg, about as far from salt water as one can get in Canada, which might explain his early attraction to the sea. In 1950 Miller moved to Vancouver to attend the Vancouver School of Art. His summers were spent as a seaman on BC Coast Steamships. After graduating, Miller’s career included graphic, industrial and exhibit design, which lead to him becoming the chief designer for the Vancouver Museum, which included being responsible for exhibits and catalogue design for the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

In 1976 Miller retired to go sailing and test his chances in the world of freelance design. This resulted in commissions from the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and the National Film Board.

Miller paints using watercolours, a medium that was barely mentioned in his technical education. He has a great interest in maritime history and has been able to indulge this interest over the past twelve years. His paintings appear in collections in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.