Stuart McAlpine Miller

Lives and works: Glasgow
Education: Glasgow School of Art
Awards: Artist-in-residence at Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh (2021)
Exhibitions: The Savoy Hotel (2018), HG Contemporary (2016), Halcyon Gallery (2015), State-of-the-Arts Gallery (2011)
“It’s always important to keep reimagining your ideas and learning from every piece that you paint.”

Scottish artist Stuart regularly hits the headlines with his Pop Art paintings. Fusing cartoons with themes of idealism and consumerism, his multilayered artworks blend the past with the present. In recent years, he has focused on capturing the complex personalities of celebrities such as David Bowie, Amy Winehouse and John Lennon through his signature layering of figurative imagery with cartoons, text and symbols. 

Inspiration

Stuart's spectral style has been described as ‘supernatural realism’ by the BBC and Radio 2 art critic Estelle Lovatt, who also praised its 4D aesthetic, adding that he has 'one of the most creative minds in art today'. Using subtle tones of paint, he creates the illusion of transparency. The overall effect is similar to looking through a glass bottle, distorting the image and presenting a different version of the same subject. In turn, a far-fetched reality is created, highlighting the unrealistic expectations of today’s society. 

Previously commissioned by Paul McCartney, Stuart has worked with brands including the BBC, McVitie's, Persil, Renault and Virgin. As the current artist-in-residence at the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel and a former artist-in-residence at The Savoy in London, Stuart has also enjoyed successful exhibitions and commissions in New York, Italy and Hong Kong.

He is an admirer of Old Masters such as Caravaggio and Hieronymus Bosch, but is particularly inspired by the leading founder of the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol, explaining: “Warhol’s views on mass consumerism and the way he translated these into his art is something I really relate to. I hope my art does something similar and stands the test of time.”

Past collections include A Time For Reflection: The Savoy Suite, which featured in the ITV documentary The Savoy in 2020. Offering a unique insight into the hotel's patrons - including Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin - the pieces take viewers on a tour behind its doors and into the lives of Hollywood's great. This popular release was followed by Lost Lives//Split Personalities, which depicts some of history's most famous musicians and includes a virtual exhibition

Stuart says: “Illusion is great, yet so too is reality. That is where we need to look in order to find our truth, and more importantly our future. Our true nature is rather more distorted than we might think.” 

Inside the world of Stuart McAlpine Miller

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From the blog

Exclusive video: Stuart McAlpine Miller's Lost Lives//Split Personalities

Filmed at our Mailbox gallery in Birmingham, our interview with the Pop artist explores his two new limited edition artworks, which reimagine David Bowie and Amy Winehouse.

Stuart McAlpine Miller Q&A

Did you spot Stuart's work in ITV's behind-the-scenes documentary, The Savoy? We caught up with the Scottish artist to find out what he's been up to since, including his Lost Lives//Split Personalities collection.

Magazines and brochures

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2021

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

Fine Art Collector | 2020

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

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