Stuart McAlpine Miller grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland. Being raised in a working-class family with humble beginnings taught the artist a lot of important life lessons, including the value of hard work.
He later went on to study drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1990 with a BA Honours. It was during his degree show that Stuart began networking and made some important contacts that enabled him to go straight to London and work on his first professional exhibition.
Within a year, he was exhibiting internationally with both solo and group shows.
McAlpine Miller hit the London art scene at a pivotal moment in time; the early 1990s when Charles Saatchi and Jay Jopling; who owned the Saatchi and White Cube galleries respectively, began investing in new artists and transforming the art market.
Artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin from the Young British Artists (YBAs) group were becoming extremely popular at a fast rate.
Stuart found opportunities to work with several big-name brands including the BBC, Renault, McVitie’s, Persil and Virgin.
The artist also received commissions from notable patrons including Sir Paul McCartney who commissioned Stuart to paint the piano that was used throughout his 2004 European tour. This was a close collaboration between the artist and the musician who consulted together on a daily basis.
McAlpine Miller continued to enjoy numerous successful exhibitions and commissions in London, New York, Italy and Hong Kong.
In 2012 he went on to become artist in residence at The Savoy Hotel in London, receiving the commission to create 8 paintings for the series - ‘A Time For Reflection: The Savoy Suite’, which is to be held on permanent exhibition in the Thames Foyer of The Savoy.
The artist fully immersed himself in The Savoy Hotel’s rich history during his residency, investing a lot of time into researching the hotel and exploring the archives. He used this series to capture a sense of both past and present, providing a unique perspective on some of The Savoy’s most renowned patrons of the past; including Frank Sinatra, Alfred Hitchcock and Marilyn Monroe.
This incredibly popular collection was followed by another very successful series - ‘Lost Lives/Split Personalities’; which McAlpine Miller used to depict some of history’s most famous musicians. Some of those portrayed in this series are Amy Winehouse, John Lennon and David Bowie.
Other notable commissions outside of private collectors include a front cover for Luxure Magazine, the original artwork for which was exhibited at The Ivy. Also, an exhibition of paintings celebrating the famous football player Pele’s 75th birthday - ‘Art, Life, Football’ was held at The Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair, London in 2016.
Stuart’s latest body of work has been his Harry Potter series - ‘Revelations: A Portrait Of Magic’.
Stuart approached Warner Bros with the idea to create a new series of artworks that interpreted the iconic Harry Potter saga in the artist’s signature style. The objective was to create artworks for the kids that had grown up reading the Harry Potter books and watching the movies and were now adults, perhaps with children of their own.
This gave the artist the opportunity to explore some of the darker, deeper themes of the story.
Somewhat poetically, McAlpine Miller painted his Revelations: A Portrait Of Magic series from his art studio which is located in the renovated attic of his home; a historic, fascinating and alluring riverside castle in Callander, Scotland.
He shows no signs of slowing with his work attracting the attention of galleries, collectors and investors all over the world.