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A Sense of Place

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A Sense of Place

New Artworks by one of the UK’s best known artists, Alexander Millar.

Alexander Millar’s “A Sense of Place” new collection of artworks is being exhibited at his Princes Square, Glasgow  gallery from Friday 6 October 2023.

He has created a collection of landscapes that feature classic Scottish scenes, but with an impressionistic twist – both as original oil paintings and as signed, limited-edition prints.

Taking about this new portfolio of paintings, Alexander Millar said “Whether painting figures or landscapes, my art has been hugely influenced by place. Even my ‘gadgies’ – usually working men from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in shabby work suits and flat caps and set in anonymous backgrounds, are moulded and formed by where they live, love, work and play.”

“This autumn, I’ve tried to visualise this notion through some new artworks, of people and of landscapes that convey a sense of the place – not just the look of a place, but also the feeling of it and the emotions places generate in those who live there, and in those who visit.”

“When I started painting landscapes some 10 years ago, I would include one of my ‘gadgies’ in what was usually a city or industrial setting. This was my comfort zone, because growing up in that type of environment, I instinctively understood the surroundings and the social interactions that formed these characters.”

“As I began to paint more scenic landscapes, I first turned to my home county of Ayrshire and then to Highland scenes from childhood holidays, and then to the Northumberland coast. These rural and coastal locations delivered a sense of place for me in bucketloads too! Maybe it’s the clearer air, the quieter corners and a slower pace of life, where there’s more time for conversation and contemplation, that impact strongly on all the senses.”

“So, my Sense of Place collection has some well-kent landmarks, some hidden treasures and also vignettes of street life where my ‘gadgies’ indulge in the typical pursuits of the places they inhabit.”