In his new collection, Revelations: A Portrait of Magic, the Scottish artist Stuart McAlpine Miller depicts some of the wizarding world’s most popular characters, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Draco Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange. Created over a period of six years, Stuart’s original oil paintings fuse Pop Art with classical influences from Caravaggio and Hieronymus Bosch in a spectral style previously described as ‘supernatural realism’ by the BBC and Radio 2 art critic Estelle Lovatt.
Through his multi-layered portraits – four of which will be on display at our Edinburgh gallery from Tuesday 26th October – Stuart has explored the themes of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories. The ‘good versus evil’ motif can be seen in the almost transparent layers of paint. Chiaroscuro – a contrast of light and dark used by the Old Masters – adds an uncanny dimension to his work.
This distortion plays a key part in his work: the layers of text, logos and symbols unfurl around the figures like smoke, with the abstracted imagery suggesting fragmented memories. These allegorical portraits hint at an evil force and impending disaster, as symbolised by the negative imagery, which uses an inverted colour palette to create a ghostly sense of unease. The dark forces seen in classical works by artists like Albrecht Drürer, Gustav Doré and Eugène Delacroix are given a contemporary update.
Castle Fine Art will be donating a percentage of each painting’s sale price to the Lumos Foundation, a charity that fights for every child’s right to a family by transforming care systems around the world. To find out more, contact us.
The immersive exhibition was displayed at our gallery in Birmingham's International Convention Centre earlier this autumn. Its design centred around the use of light and colour to maximise the impact of the artworks, with magenta tones shining through from the lightbox panels to bathe the gallery in an ethereal glow. Accents of colour popped throughout the gallery, thanks to carefully curated floral displays, while the video projections provided a multimedia element and created a complete sensory immersion for visitors.
"The art of illusion and magic reveals itself through the unified bond of the three central characters. A new era lies ahead, as yet unrecognised but already awaiting our arrival."
Stuart McAlpine Miller
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15/12/2020Did 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.
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