GALLERY: 3

ALEXANDER MILLAR




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Fine Art Collector: Working Man

At: Great North Museum When: Saturday 26th March Sunday 8th May 2011

Fine Art Collector: Northern Lights








3-97
Underneath The Arches
$600.00

 

3-95
Wash Day
Sold Out

 

3-96
The Rat Pack
$600.00







3-85
Evening Song
$600.00

 

3-86
Geordie Best
$600.00

 

3-87
Big River
$600.00










3-88
The Journey Home
$600.00

 

3-89
A River Runs Through It
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3-90
Of Time And A City
$600.00





3-92
Here Comes The Sun
$372.00

 

3-93
Seasons In The Sun
$406.00

 

3-94
The Angel
$372.00





3-83
The Big Match
$416.00

 

3-84
Come On You Reds!
$416.00

 

3-79
When Saturday Comes
$416.00




3-80
Come On You Blues!
$416.00

 

3-81
Up the City!
$416.00

 

3-82
Win, Lose Or Draw
$416.00




3-71
It Takes Two To Tango
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3-72
Reach For The Sky
SOLD OUT

 

3-73
Memories Are Made of This
$188.00




3-75
Follow My Lead
Sold Out

 

3-74
Lifes A Beach
$306.00

 

3-76
Catch Me If You Can
$307.00




3-52
Its My Party
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3-53
Again Again
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3-54
One Man & His Dog
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3-46
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Sold Out

 

3-48
Reach For The Sky
$530.00

 

3-47
We'll Meet Again
$2990.00







3-50
When The Boat Comes In
$535.00

 

3-51
Take The High Road
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3-49
Northern Lights
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3-1a
Like A Moth To A Flame
$500.00

 

3-2a
A Home From Home
$500.00

 

3-3a
Lounge Lizard
$450.00






3-4a
Norries Bar
$500.00

 

3-5a
Read All About It
$450.00

 

3-6a
Dominoes Nite
$500.00






3-7a
Happy Days
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3-1
A Jig For Jack


 

3-8a
A Budding Romance
Sold Out






3-2
633 SQUADRON
$315.00

 

3-7
BALANCING ACT BRONZE
$1800.00

 

3-4
SHABBEY ROAD
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3-5
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
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3-3
COWBOYS


 

3-6
BALANCING ACT


 





3-8
TAKING A BREATHER
$250.00

 

3-9
BATMAN & ROBIN
$550.00

 

3-10
A Wee Backy doon the Brae
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3-11
Ave It
Sold Out

 

3-12
Come Fly With Me
Sold Out

 

3-13
SINGING IN THE RAIN
$300.00







3-14
The Balloon Seller
$350.00

 

3-19
The Great North Run
Sold Out

 

3-16
Gimme the Moonlight
Sold Out






3-17
The Fab 4
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3-15
The Racing Post
$200.00

 

3-18
The Great Escape
Sold Out






3-21
Leap Frog
Sold Out


 

3-20
Goodfellas
Sold Out

 

3-22
Mum and Dad







3-23
When I Saw Through His Disguise
$500.00

 

3-24
Heel For Heel and Toe For Toe
Sold Out

 

3-25
Party Time
Sold Out






3-26
Every Pillar a Every Post
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3-27
Marquis of Queensbury Rules
$250.00

 

3-28
Gossips
$250.00






3-29
Cheeky Girls
$240.00

 

3-31
He Ain't Heavy
Sold Out

 

3-30
Moonlight Shenanigans
$675.00


 





3-35
Come Rain Or Shine
$1166.86

 

3-32
Twist and Shout
$315.00

 

3-36
King Of The Road
$415.00






3-34
Lord Of The Dance
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3-38
Rogue Traders
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3-37
The Sun Is In My Heart
Sold Out







3-39
She Said Yes
Sold Out

 

3-33
Whose Round Is It Anyway
$2440.00

 

3-40
Suprise Suprise
Sold Out







3-41
Over The Moon
Sold Out

 

3-42
Bring Me Sunshine
Sold Out

 

3-43
When I'm Cleaning Windows
Sold Out










3-44
It's Ma Ball
Sold Out

 

3-45a
Giddy Up
Sold Out

 

3-45
Forever In Your Footsteps
Sold Out










3-56
A Bicycle Made For Two
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3-55
One Man & His Dog
Sculpture
Sold Out

 

3-57
Shooting The Breeze
Sold Out










3-59
One Man & His Dog
Sculpture
Sold Out

 

3-58
My Family And Other Animals
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3-60
Surprise Surprise
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3-61
On The Ball
Sold Out

 

3-63
A Great Big Adventure
Sold Out

 

3-62
Wait For Me!
Sold Out










3-64
Give Us A Lift
SOLD OUT

 

3-65
Young At Heart
Sold Out

 

3-66
No Walkies For Me
$430.50










3-67
Mans Best Friend
Sold Out

 

3-68
Keepy Uppy
Sold Out

 

3-69
Twos Company
Sold Out










3-70
Surprise Surprise
$1440.00

 

3-77
Singin In The Rain



 

3-78
Better Luck Next Time
Sold Out











3-91
The Angel
Sold Out













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ALEXANDER MILLAR








HISTORY & BACKGROUND


I was born in 1960 into the small mining community of Springside a few miles outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Life within the small Scottish village was very traditional and although I grew up in the 60?s era it felt more like the 40?s. 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 head scarves and pinnies. My father worked for British Rail and I got great pleasure from simply sitting in the atmospheric steam filled stations which even today I find are the most romantic, nostalgic places to be. Many of my most romantic paintings are set within that very atmosphere ? I guess I?m just a big old fashioned nostalgic romantic at heart! It therefore comes as no surprise to many that my favorite film is "The Quiet Man."


I escaped school in 1976 and eventually fled Springside to set myself up in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. This jump from sleepy peacefulness to hustle and bustle was like going from the frying pan straight into the fire. I found Newcastle had, and still has, its fair share of characters locally known as ?Gadgies? which fed me much inspiration later on in life when I finally discovered my destiny as an artist.


After a number of different jobs I finally settled down in 1988 to become a professional artist. I am completely self-taught and after many years of developing my own style in art I turned to images remembered from my childhood and used the local Tyneside ?Gadgies? as models in my paintings.The past couple of years have been especially exciting as my work has taken on a life of its own. Sales have gone through the roof and everyone seems to be taking notice of these solitary figures I create. I?m continually surprised to see the effects my paintings have on people, on many occasions I?ve had women moved to tears absorbed by a painting that evokes memories of their father or grandfather.


After a number of sell out exhibitions one of my paintings was entered in the Daily Mail?s ?Not the Turner Prize?. Ten thousand works were entered and my painting was chosen as one of the finalists which were exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London. I am fortunate enough in that the things I love to paint are right in front of my eyes everyday. The hairs on the back of my neck still stand on end every time I see an old ?Gadgie?.


I love the movement of the street drunk; however he remains a difficult subject to paint ? never staying still for any length of time. The real skill comes in trying to capture the just off centre stance of these vertically challenged individuals. The gossiping old ladies standing on street corners, the tired old guy wandering home after a long hard day at work and the wee dog cocking its leg against the street corner are all appealing and interesting to me. I see them all as different choreographed parts in a sort of street ballet.


One of my prize possessions is the oldest, ricketiest, battered bike complete with leather saddle and rusty springs. I bought the antique (I use the term loosely) at a second hand shop for the princely sum of 30. It is a priceless prop that features in a great number of my paintings.After I?ve chosen a figure from my many sketches and photographs it is transferred to my canvas and blocked as a dark silhouette. Each layer of paint is then added gradually to separate tones; the figure is almost complete before the background color is added.


Having lived in the northern half of Britain all my life I try to capture the subtle light that is particular to that part of the country. The under painting is predominantly blue and then each subsequent layer added is a touch warmer than the last and lifts the painting giving the misty almost ghostlike quality to the background. When this is complete the dark figure leaps out of the canvas. To finish off and give the figure movement I leave the painting for approximately a week and then I take away some of the background color and feather the legs and soften any harsh edges. I?ll leave the painting in view for a few days in order to see if any adjustments are needed ? they usually become apparent to me by then.


I start work, if you can indeed call it that, around 9am although I am not disciplined at all. I will stare at the canvas for a while then mix some color on my palette, which is a beautiful large kidney shaped one made from solid mahogany and is a joy to mix on, before putting brush into action. I live in a small stone cottage in picturesque Northumberland so each layer of painting is punctuated by a stroll in a nearby field.


I always work in natural light so there is nothing better than being able to sit outside, despite the cold, with a glass of wine, whiskey or something stronger like Earl Grey Tea with classical music playing in the background. It?s at times like this when inspiration kicks in and getting into a flow becomes easier ? the subconscious takes over and the painter and the painting become one. I try to make this precious time last as long as possible as I?m able to produce a great number of canvases with the minimum of effort. When this creative spark wears off it is then time for another long walk!



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