Alexander Millar was born in 1960 into the small mining village of Springside, a few miles outside the town of Kilmarnock in west Scotland. Growing up in the small traditional Scottish village gave Millar a strong sense of atmosphere, especially during times spent with his father, a British Rail worker, in the steam filled stations which Millar describes as ‘the most romantic, nostalgic places to be.’
While developing his style of art, Millar painted his signature ‘Gadgie’ characters, eventually entering his work into the Daily Mail’s ‘Not the Turner Prize’. His work was selected as a finalist from over ten thousand entries and was exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London. Since then, Millar’s works have been successfully exhibited across the UK.
Alex’s style is recognised as worldwide, with a unique take on life inspired by characters from his youth he emphasises and draws attention to the industrial age. He is most famously associated with his gadgies. Visuals representations which often evoke a powerful and heartfelt response from anyone with ties to the period.
Artwork by Alexander Millar
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