Artist Alexander Millar – what inspires him to paint?

December 29, 2009 on 6:37 pm | In Alexander Millar, Figurative Art, Pencil/Graphite Art, Scottish Artists, Sculptures | 1 Comment

A number of weeks we wrote a blog about newly published artist George Somerville and compared his work to that of Alexander Millar’s, today the blog will focus on Alexander.


Young at Heart by Alexander Millar

A professional artist for some 21 years, Alexander Millar was born and raised in a small mining village in 1960 near Glasgow called Springside & in his own words it felt more like growing up in the 1940s than the 1960s! He spent a lot of his youth around the older generation of Scots: men dressed in dark suits, smoking pipes, and burly women in aprons and headscarves.

His dad worked for British Rail & as a child accompanying him to work, Alexander gained more inspiration for his future paintings as he found the old Railway stations to be very Romantic. Of course the architecture of these stations would have been nostalgic & a throw back to Scotland’s industrial past – this influence is seen throughout Alex’s paintings.


My Family & Other Animals by Alexander Millar

Moving to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne after finishing school aged 16, he tried several jobs before becoming a professional artist in 1988. He claims that it was quite a culture shock to move from the sleepy village he grew up in, to the hustle and bustle of the city, as you can imagine! But the city also had its own share of ‘Gadgies’ – (a northern Scottish term for an older generation man) to inspire his paintings.

Fuelled by his extensive Childhood memories, he had a huge source of inspiration to work from, what is more astonishing is that Alexander is a self taught artist, which is an amazing achievement for any commercial artist.


Keepy Uppy sculpture by Alexander Millar

Thanks,

Vicki

Links
www.scottish-memories.co.uk/
www.accessingscotlandspast.org.uk/
1960s Scotland


Gary Hodges Artist – New Release for 2009 ‘Baby Love’ Hippos

January 22, 2009 on 8:06 pm | In Animals, Gary Hodges, New Releases, Pencil/Graphite Art | 1 Comment

One of Britain’s best loved wildlife artists, Gary Hodges is back with a new release that has been very eagerly awaited.

(‘Baby Love’ by Gary Hodges)

Simply called ‘Baby Love,’ this latest release features a mother & baby hippo in the water and it has been beautifully captured by the artist.

Gary tells us that it was inspired by his trip in 2007 to the Ngorongoro Crater game reserve in Tanzania and his observations of Hippopotamus.

Undoubtedly Gary is one of the masters of Pencil/Graphite drawing, other great artists that spring to mind being David Shepherd, Mike Sibley & Peter Hildick whose artwork is both loved and collected by art lovers all over the world.

(‘Family’ featuring Meerkats by Gary Hodges)

I would say that over the last 20 years, Gary has been one of the consistently best selling artists in the UK, his older limited edition now sell for considerable amounts of money.

‘Baby Love’ is a valuable addition to Gary Hodges’s huge range of limited editions and is bound to sell out very quickly.

Thank you

James

Useful links:
http://ngorongorocrater.com/
http://www.game-reserve.com/tanzania_ngorongoro.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippopotamus

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