Alexander Millar

Alexander Millar is one of the UK's most popular contemporary artists. His paintings, collected by art lovers across the globe, are inspired by the working men and women of his childhood.

Born and raised in the small mining community of Springside, just outside the town of Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland, Millar's earliest memories were of his time spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking woodbines and large missile-shaped women decked out in big overcoats, pinnies, tartan headscarves and zipped booties, adorned with fake fur around the top.

His father worked for British Rail, as such Millar grew up watching and observing these working men in their natural environment. Their cycle ride to work at dawn, the industries in which they made a living, their drunken meander from the pub at night; a street ballet that was constantly played out before his eyes has given Millar inspiration for his paintings for over 20 years.

It is this, almost choreographed, every day routine that Millar depicts in his paintings. Making the ordinary details of life, extraordinary via his exquisite use of light and impasto brushstrokes, Millar brings alive those 'auld men' of a bygone era, his depth of expression gives us an insight into the hearts and souls of working men around the world.