‘Capturing the 'street dance' of post-industrial towns and cities. Celebrating the heart, charm and humour of those characters common to so many of us'
Alexander Millar is one of the most popular and collectable artists working today. His paintings hang in galleries and private collections all over the world and he is continuing to gain critical acclaim for the works he produces.
Millar's childhood was spent growing up in the small mining community of Springside, situated between the two Scottish towns of Irvine and Kilmarnock. "Even thought it was the 60's that I grew up, it felt more like the 40's," comments Millar, "as the village seemed to be in some sort of time warp stuck between the industrial revolution and Brig O Doon, and as with most wee places in Scotland, Springside had its fair share of "characters" most of whom I was related to in one way or another."
Even as a child Millar was always fascinated by the small details he saw in everyday life. He would stand in awe at something as insignificant as an old man getting off a bike, a woman with bad hips struggling onto the bus, or the way a drunk would stand by the local pub negotiating a chip to land somewhere in the region of his mouth. He describes it all as a 'street dance' produced for him alone and made what seemed ordinary and mundane quite fascinating. "I guess that is the whole premise of the work that I produce in that I still take delight in turning the "ordinary" into something "extraordinary."