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Alexander Millar Artist Biography and Art Gallery Collection
AlexanderMillar is one of the UK's most popular contemporary artists. He creates nostalgic works that lovingly capture quirky characters from the streets of Newcastle. Scottish artist Alexander Millar grew up in a small mining town on the west coast of Scotland, where life moved at a slower pace than in the towns nearby. "Although I grew up in the 60's era it felt more like the 40's," notes AlexanderMillar. "My formative years were spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking woodbines partnered with large missile-shaped women decked out in headscarves and pinnies." With a father who worked for British Rail, AlexanderMillar often found himself hanging around the rail stations, which are often the chosen settings for his paintings; they capture the nostalgia and romance of a time long gone.
AlexanderMillar found his inspiration once he traded in his small hometown for the much larger Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, where he encountered the local "Gadgies," whom he began to depict in his paintings alongside images and objects remembered from childhood. Millar's paintings capture precise moments that are lovingly created and all the more poignant because they depict the increasingly rare characters of Old Scotland. He has no formal training, but the self-taught Millar's touching and playful paintings are an audience favorite. In a competition of ten thousand or so works entered in the Daily Mail's "Not the Turner Prize," Millar was chosen as a finalist and exhibited at London's Mall Galleries.