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About the Artist Stuart McAlpine Miller

There’s a lot to like about Stuart McAlpine Miller’s work. Especially if you view the modern day culture of celebrity with a certain disdain. That’s because McAlpine Miller tackles this oft talent vacuum and seeming obsession with superficiality, head on, providing an arrestingly visual commentary and irreverent social dialogue on how he sees things panning out within this contemporary phenomena. The Scottish-born artist also documents the Western world’s fascination with consumerism and the perpetual swagger of wealth and beauty through the eyes of a cynic. Always countered with a deep set wit, McAlpine Miller’s sarcastic takes on a world offer a bang up to date perspective on our existence and being. McAlpine Miller explains that; “Unlike a lot of artists I am a painter who owns up to living in 2012”, adding; “I do live in the real world and my art reflects this”.

Works By Stuart McAlpine Miller

  • Circus Skills by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Circus Skills
  • Circus Skills by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Circus Skills
  • From The Power Within (Large) by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    From The Power Within (Large)
  • From The Power Within (Medium) by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    From The Power Within (Medium)
  • Eye Cons Portfolio Collection of 5 Editions by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Eye Cons Portfolio Collection of 5 Editions
  • Three Vital Steps Forward by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Three Vital Steps Forward
  • Developing the Nation by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Developing the Nation
  • Commotion by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Commotion
  • The Origins of Woman Kind by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    The Origins of Woman Kind
  • Stiking the Pose by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Stiking the Pose
  • Eye Cons Set of 5 Framed Boxed Canvases by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Eye Cons Set of 5 Framed Boxed Canvases
  • Altered Images - Set of 4 Boxed Canvases by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Altered Images - Set of 4 Boxed Canvases
  • Attention! On Your Feet - Boxed Canvas by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Attention! On Your Feet - Boxed Canvas
  • Hats Off to the Leader - Boxed Canvas by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Hats Off to the Leader - Boxed Canvas
  • Spot Me Now - Boxed Canvas by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Spot Me Now - Boxed Canvas
  • Taking The Trash Out - Boxed Canvas by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Taking The Trash Out - Boxed Canvas
  • Revealed - A Personal Study (Set of 4 Prints) by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Revealed - A Personal Study (Set of 4 Prints)
  • Personal Study - Revealed Portfolio (Set Of 4 Boxed Canvas) by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Personal Study - Revealed Portfolio (Set Of 4 Boxed Canvas)
  • Resistance is Futile by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Resistance is Futile
  • My Life Is Mayhem by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    My Life Is Mayhem
  • Sunshine Rays From A Far Away Land by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Sunshine Rays From A Far Away Land
  • Stretching The Boundaries by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Stretching The Boundaries
  • Altered Images - Portfolio Set of 4 by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Altered Images - Portfolio Set of 4
  • Attention! On Your Feet by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Attention! On Your Feet
  • Hats Off to the Leader by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Hats Off to the Leader
  • Spot Me Now by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Spot Me Now
  • Taking The Trash Out by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Taking The Trash Out
  • Leader Of The Pack - Portfolio (Suite of 4) Canvas by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Leader Of The Pack - Portfolio (Suite of 4) Canvas
  • The Leader Of The Gang by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    The Leader Of The Gang
  • Sunbather To Fear by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Sunbather To Fear
  • Salute To The Captain by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Salute To The Captain
  • Flaunting Oneself In The Face Of Progression by Stuart McAlpine Miller
    Flaunting Oneself In The Face Of Progression

There’s no denying that his wry observations on the cult of the Z-lister et al speak volumes and add colour and splendour to our unspoken words and thoughts on this subject, and it’s very much a departure from what else is going on in the ‘contemporary’ art world right now.

But what of the man behind the brush? Well, McAlpine Miller has only fairly recently caught the imagination of the everyday art lover and seasoned collector, having spent the past 20 years plying his trade on graduating from the Glasgow School of Art.

You could easily visualize any one of his recent pieces being lifted by Rimmel or Gap to sell a ‘lifestyle value’ product, and we wouldn’t be at all alarmed to see Kate Moss punctuate any one of McAlpine Miller’s studies. Only blatantly in a tongue-in-cheek fashion you understand. Indeed, McAlpine Miller shows a wilful insistence on supplanting uber cool, achingly hip supermodel-esque women over vividly coloured cartoons in an illusionary world of nostalgic comic book characters. His paintings have a voyeuristic quality to them. You might, perhaps feel sullied after viewing them; however one thing you will feel is cheered. And quite possibly, moved.

Again, McAlpine Miller himself is best placed to describe what he hopes we sense on being confronted with his mesmerising images. “Surreal in feel, hidden dangers appear to lurk beneath the surface, as pop images jump off the canvas and the optical illusion strikes”. And yes, there’s a degree of Pop Art throwback-ism here. A word which doesn’t exist, but encapsulates what we mean to the heavily pixelated letter. And McAlpine Miller’s detailing is immense, and echoes Warhol and Lichtenstein’s, more of which to follow. With his adaptation of oils taking on the precision form of watercolours is a skill that he’s been honing for the past decade or so, and is essentially an illusionary technique that enlists the positioning of colour and light to succeed. The oils proffer McAlpine Miller this computer generated feel, which sits comfortably with the whole ambience of his retro-dynamic pieces. Shockingly, McAlpine Milller’s only been layering these cartoon images in the last two years, and the finished effect is mightily impressive.

The painted effects of transparency are blended to perfection with this invisible opaque layering which mimics a computer screen to create this utterly unique study, which also sees an introduction of appropriate typography and date-savvy fonts to effortlessly transport the viewer, quite literally, back to the future. Yet the immediate focal point is wrestled by Amazonian women, some recognizable, some not, some iconic, some nameless, who are superimposed over innocent children’s cartoon book characters and images of yore.

McAlpine Miller’s enjoyed mass exposure courtesy of recent exhibitions across Europe and America, which has seen his themes and visions go down a storm, whilst his latest venture sees him installed as artist-in-residence at London’s Savoy hotel. To the uninitiated of course, roles which both Whistler and Monet were invited to take up in the past. And what a setting to showcase his intuitive, refreshingly modern pot shots at the idiosyncrancies and transient fame of here and now, amid a towering Art Deco backdrop. Iconic women of past, glamorous times will look down on hotel guests, such as Monroe and Taylor in such a fitting surround, according to McAlpine Miller.

So which artists does McAlpine Miller draw inspiration from? Aside from Caravaggio and Bosch, he believes that he’s been heavily influenced by Andy Warhol, and his underlying beliefs that art should depict themes that people can relate to, yet ultimately stand the rigours of time and remain relevant 10, 20, 30 years later. Which we believe will ring true of McAlpine Miller’s.

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Framed Size: 61 x 61 cm