Alexander Millar - Artist Profile

Alexander Millar - Artist Profile

By Stuart McLellan

Alexander Millar - Artist Profile

Alexander Millar’s art is some of the most loved and most recognisable work of any British artist. Well known for his Gadgies; Millar’s magnificent portrayal of the everyday. They are inspired by the working class men and women of post-industrial cities like Newcastle, where Millar has lived for much of his life.

Hailing from a tiny, mining village called Springside in Ayrshire, Alexander Millar identifies as a contemporary impressionist and it’s easy to see why. Throughout his landscape work Millar uses visible, intricate brushstrokes to capture moments often defined by their intense colour and light. 

Alexander’s work has made a splash across the pond as well! In 2018, his series of works, Everyday Heroes NYC, a Millar gadgie take on the faithful firefighters who served on 9/11 was exhibited at the New York City Fire Museum.

One of very few modern artists to have galleries in the UK and the US, Alexander created an original oil painting called ‘Tinsel Tango’ for his collaboration with us. An example of his classic gadgies, Tinsel Tango features two people heading home with their Santa hats and scarves of tinsel. Having not celebrated Christmas as a child, Alexander Millar has drawn on his newfound love of Christmas to transform his gadgies into the walking embodiment of Christmas cheer.


We were so glad to be able to create this stunning collaborative bottle in time for Christmas, and so far it’s been a roaring success. Each bottle being hand-signed and numbered by Alex himself has meant our limited-release of 495 has been flying off the shelves but it’s best to get it quick if you want a bottle!


In fact the time to grab a bottle for yourself or as a Christmas gift has never been better, throughout December we’re chucking in a free miniature with every purchase of one of our big 70cl bottles!


The original is available to view in-person at his Glasgow gallery in Princes’ Square, as well as online at