Caroline Millar Scottish, b. 1964

Overview

Born in 1964 in the UK, Caroline Millar now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Having studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Caroline's practice has latterly been inspired by a sense of 'containment' which has led her to her most recent body of work.

 

Working in a limited palette of acrylics with elements of collage, Caroline uses oil pastels, pencils and a variety of mark-making tools to create patterns and marks that are redolent of  her wanderings and surroundings in Glasgow. 

 

Works
Biography

Born 1964, UK

Lives and works in Glasgow  

 

Education

1994 Chelsea College of Art and Design 

2019, Wild Landscapes with May Byrne, House for an Art Lover

2020 Art2Life Creative Visionary Programme

 

Exhibitions

2019 Threads, Dundas St Gallery, Edinburgh

2020 Autumn Show, Brownsword Hepworth, London

 

Artist Statement:

 

I used to paint landscapes inspired by many trips to the Scottish highlands. Then lockdown came and my world got smaller. My landscape became my small patch in the west end of Glasgow. My focus became the walls around me. I craved a view. A vista. The ability to look far into the distance.

But you have to make the most of what you’ve got and what I have is a curiosity for connections, for contrasts, and a creative mind. With the barrage of city noise gone my sense of sight became heightened. I could no longer look into the distance but I could see more clearly what was right in front of me.

 

I began to notice ‘landscapes’ in the pattern of lichen on worn masonry, the peeling paint on a windowsill, the cracks in the pavements. With the freedom to leave the city and head for the hills gone, I began to play with the sense of containment, what that means to me, and how to express that to ‘mark this time’. 

 

I work in acrylics, with some elements of collage. I also use oil pastels, pencils and a variety of mark-making tools. I have a design background and find that restrictions help creativity so I prefer a very limited palette. 

 

Exhibitions