Katy Jade Dobson
Using subtle tones of paint McAlpine Miller creates the illusion of transparencies within his works. A reality that is so far-fetched that it becomes a busy blur of objects which portray the idea of an energy-laden consumer society.
Scottish-born artist Stuart McAlpine Miller, a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, displays all the characteristics of his home nation – tenacity, determination and a wry sense of humour.
“Unlike a lot of artists I am a painter who owns up to living in 2013 – I do live in the real world and my art reflects this” says McAlpine Miller.
He freely admits that he has been toiling at the coalface of the art world for the last twenty years and has only recently won the critical recognition he deserves.
Contrasting themes of cartoons/superheroes, and stylish European models help to illustrate the unrealistic idealism that these celebrated objects present. Objects that we all desire, whereas the reality is as impossible as the existence of the Disney characters and Superheroes.
These comic references do not only convey such, but the imagery also portrays the unimportance of the celebrated objects. How the subject matter overlaps and fades into each other not only shows forgotten memories and aspirations but also illustrates a feeling of a shallow existence.
An admirer of traditional Old Masters such as Caravaggio and Bosch, McAlpine Miller 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’.
“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” explains McAlpine Miller.