When we opened our doors in April 2019, we welcomed the launch of our first exhibition Alexander Millar: A Retrospective. This show celebrated the highly nostalgic works of Scottish-born artist Alexander Millar through a collection of renowned favourites and pieces previously unseen by the public.
Inspired by his childhood growing up along the west coast of Scotland, Alex’s work represents working class life through his landscapes, sculptures, and his famous ‘Gadgie’ characters. These characters depict flat cap-wearing, coal-dusted men walking away from the viewer, many of which are shown holding the hand of a small child or loved one.
Along with the beloved Gadgie character, this retrospective exhibition showcased Alex’s new works including tributes to 9/11 firefighters, new American-style gadgies, and Peaky Blinders-inspired drawings and paintings.
The launch night was a huge success, with many art enthusiasts and fans of Alex’s work arriving to be among the first visitors to Hancock Gallery while meeting and talking with the artist himself.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Alex hosted a series of intimate live painting events where fans could experience his creative process first-hand while listening to anecdotes and the previously unheard stories of his life.
Although Alexander Millar: A Retrospective has now come to a close, we will continue to host similar events with artists at the gallery from 2021. In the meantime, our current figurative exhibition Between Distance and Desire is currently showing at Hancock Gallery by appointment only.