Scottish born artist Stuart McAlpine Miller’s unique style uses subtle and contrasting tones of paint to create the illusion of transparencies within his works. Playing with the notion of depth in his subject matter, he often uses an overlapping background theme of cartoon characters or comic superheroes, the foreground dominated by a host of exotic and sultry models emerging and then blurring and fading back into it, illustrating the shallow nature and idealism of these celebrated objects.
Behind the striking, rich colour and superficial façade and gloss of Miller’s work however, there is a depth and intelligence. Although having been immersed in the art world for over twenty years, it is only now that he has garnered the critical acclaim he richly deserves, cited by art critics as "changing the course of art history" and having had his influence and appeal likened to Picasso, McAlpine Miller has been catapulted to the forefront of the contemporary art scene, continuing to create new works and attracting the attention of galleries and collectors across the world.
An admirer of traditional Old Masters such as Caravaggio and Bosch, he nevertheless says he is most influenced by Andy Warhol - following the cult painters ethos that art is ultimately ‘a throw away thing that has value’.
Miller graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA Honours in Drawing and Painting in 1990. He was also shortlisted for the Provost Award at Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museums in 1996, and in 2012 was chosen to become the Artist in residence at The Savoy Hotel, London. He has enjoyed successful Solo exhibitions with galleries such as Connaught Brown, London; Duncan Miller, London; Ruth O'Hara, New York; Catto Gallery, London; Rebecca Hossack Gallery and Kings Road Gallery, London, amongst others. He recently completed his highly acclaimed exhibition at the Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery in New York, and collaborated with legendary footballer Pele to create a series of paintings to celebrate this sporting icon's 75th birthday, unveiled at The Halcyon Gallery, Mayfair in September 2016.
“The idea behind the work is more important than the work itself.”
“Warhol's views on mass consumerism and the way he translated these into his art is something I really relate to and I hope my art does something similar and stands the test of time”