Alexander Millar prints are incredibly emotive, prompting touching memories of families and loved ones that have long since gone, powerfully mixing sadness and humour. The paintings rarely show the detailed faces of the subject; often shown ambling off, hunched shoulders emphasising a wealth of personality, carried by bowed legs. And yet, despite the heavy set shapes painted by Alexander Millar, the prints reflect a real sense of enjoyment, albeit after a couple of drinks, but enjoyment nonetheless.
"I always work in natural light so there is nothing better than being able to sit outside, despite the cold, with a glass of wine, whiskey or something stronger like Earl Grey Tea with classical music playing in the background."
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Alexander Millar's Inspiration
Inspired by his native town of Springside, and his adopted home of Newcastle, Alexander Millar's paintings depict the shambling shapes of the old "gadgies"; he would see these crumpled characters traveling to and from work, or slightly worse for wear coming back from the pub. From atmosphere laden waiting rooms and railway platforms of his father's workplace, young Alexander grew up with a romantic outlook, developing a sense of nostalgia and enjoyment for these working class subjects.
Humorous Memory & Nostalgia
Incorporating a sense of a quiet alcohol-fueled rebellion, Alexander Millar prints such as You Looking at Me and Homeward Bound are an excellent examples. Staggering home from the pub, umbrella in hand or confronting a bottle in the road, these gadgies have obviously had a few too many. Other signed limited edition Alexander Miller are also available such as heartwarming pieces like Me Ol China, Happy Days, Lollipops and 99s and Hole in One have a lovely innocence. Giving a real feeling of Newcastle, and its industrial face, Alexander Miller brings the industrial look of the city to life. From artworks depicting dad on his way home, family days out, off playing golf, or going fishing, there is a wonderfully nostaglic touch to each scene. Each of Millar's pieces remind us that these characters never truly disappear into the mists of time. Choose your favourite Alexander Millar prints online here at the Enid Hutt Gallery.
Youth & Young Manhood - Peaky Blinders
Alexander Millar has taken a step back further in time to explore his wonderful 'gadgies' as younger men. Seen in their youth as full of stylish swagger and confidence, these characters were inspired by an old leather case Millar found hidden in the attic. While working on this collection, the Peaky Blinders series was also appearing on TV. Set in the same era and capturing the same attitudes and styles of Alexander's youthful gadgies, we see this influence mixing in with his pieces. In contrast to the humorous artworks, these have a moodier undercurrent with touches of melancholy, romance and mystery.
Open Edition & Signed Limited Edition Prints
These signed limited editions take us on a deeper journey with the familiar ‘gadgie’ character than perhaps any of Millar’s work to date. In this collection Millar cleverly brings ever more humanity into his paintings, his sensitive depiction of these working men, allows us to connect with them like never before. Their lives and loves, trials and tribulations, hopes and dreams, are laid out before us on canvas.
With scenes of industry so atmospherically portrayed and the souls of these working men so gracefully depicted, this is truly a unique and emotive collection of art.