The working man sketches by Alexander Millar

Alexander Millar is one of the UK’s most popular contemporary artists. His paintings, collected by art lovers across the globe, are inspired by the working men and women of his childhood.

Born and raised in the small mining community of Springside, just outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland, Millar’s earliest memories were of his time spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking woodbines and large missile-shaped women decked out in big overcoats, pinnies, tartan headscarves and zipped booties, adorned with fake fur around the top.

His father worked for British Rail, as such Millar grew up watching and observing these working men, ‘gadgies’ in their natural environment. Their cycle ride to work at dawn, the industries in which they made a living, their drunken meander from the pub at night; a street ballet that was constantly played out before his eyes has given Millar inspiration for his paintings for over 20 years.

It is this, almost choreographed, every day routine that Millar depicts in his paintings. Making the ordinary details of life, extraordinary via his exquisite use of light and impasto brushstrokes, Millar brings alive those gadgies of a bygone era, his depth of expression gives us an insight into the hearts and souls of working men around the world.

Old Tam By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available at Artworx Gallery

Old Tam By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available at Artworx Gallery

Side by Side By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available from Artworx Gallery

Side by Side By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available from Artworx Gallery

“My favourite thing to do when I was a wee toe rag was to people watch. The way Old Tam my neighbour, would climb off his bike after a hard day at the pit, the way my Grannie would hobble along walking with a limp because of her bunions; the relationship between a father and a child as they walked together keeping dry under an umbrella; or how a wee dog would follow his master as he cycled his way to start his shift in the early hours of the morning.”
“As for today, well nothing has changed. Practically every day I will have a cup of tea at a café in the middle of Newcastle and do the same thing I did when I was younger; people watch. I am still fascinated by the reaction and interactions of people as they go about their lives. Little do they know that what they get up to is sometimes turned into a work of art. So thanks everyone for your inspiration!” – Alexander Millar
Big Fish, Little Fish By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available from Artworx Gallery

Big Fish, Little Fish By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available from Artworx Gallery

Every Cloud By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available from Artworx Gallery

Every Cloud By Alexander Millar. Signed Limited Edition available from Artworx Gallery

For more information about Alexander Millar and his work visit:

Alexander Millar at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively please ring 01952 820397 or email info@artworx.co.uk
Artworx Gallery, 67 High Street, Newport, Shropshire TF10 7AU

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