Title: Hope
Size: Oil on Board
Medium: 21cm x 20cm

Price: £1400

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About the Artist

Robert Macmillan (born 1974, Glasgow, Scotland)

For some time now my work has involved using a figure within voids of empty space. I have been fascinated by the delicate relationship that exists between figure and space; too much of the dark void and the figure is engulfed; too much focus on the figure and the presence of the space is forgotten. I love the intimacy, and the intensity, which can be created through the use of a single face or solitary figure, theatrically lit, embraced in a velvety darkness that surrounds.

In both subject matter and use of paint, there is a definite acknowledgement of painters past. Rembrandt’s influence permeates through all my work, not only his use of chiaroscuro but also the surface quality that he achieves with the paint like the sleeve of the bridegroom in his work ‘The Jewish Bride’; the constant reworking of paint, creating a texture and luminosity that begins to emanate from the source material and, through constant scraping and glazing, achieve a richer conclusion.


1993-1997 BA (Hons) Fine Art: Drawing and Painting, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Passages of Light and Darkness, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate
2018 Small works, The Fraser Gallery, St Andrews
2017 Painting Silence Before It Disappears, The Fraser Gallery, St Andrews
2016 Approaching Light, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate
2015 Refining Light, Fraser Gallery, St Andrews
2013 New Work, Fraser East Gallery, St Andrews
2012 In the Stillness of Light, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2010 New Work, The Fraser East Gallery, St Andrews
2009 Light in the Darkest of Places, The Fraser Gallery, St Andrews
2004 New Work, The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh
2003 Lighter Shades of Darkness, The Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2002 New Work, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate
2000 Out of Darkness, 108 Fine Art, Harrogate

Group Exhibitions

2018 Tatha Gallery, Newport
2015 Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh
2015 Eduardo Alessandro Studios, London Art Fair
2014 Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh
2013 April Showers, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
2012 The Lemond Gallery, Bearsden, Glasgow
2008 The Aspect Painting Prize, Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
2008 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
2007 Tracy McNee Fine Art, Islington Art Fair, London
Roger Bilcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
Paisley Art Gallery, Aspect Painting Prize
Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh Festival Group Show
2006 Masters Show, The Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
The Edinburgh Gallery
Fraser and Son, Dundee
Tracy McNee Fine Art, Dublin Art Fair
Tracy McNee Fine Art, Christmas Show, Glasgow
2005 New Works, Fraser and Son, Dundee
2004 Summer Show, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
New Works, Fraser and Son, Dundee
2003 Summer Show, The Edinburgh Gallery
2002 Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition (Prize Winner), McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
Fine Art Auction, Philips the Auctioneers, Harrogate
2001 Noble Grossart Painting Prize (Finalist), Glasgow School of Art and Lloyds TSB Building, Edinburgh
2000 Summer Show, The Edinburgh Gallery
Festival Exhibition, The Edinburgh Gallery
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
Christmas Show, The Edinburgh Gallery
1999 Artists for the Millennium, The Edinburgh gallery
Summer Show, The Edinburgh Gallery
1998 Aberdeen Group Show, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Grampian Hospital Trust
Scottish Gallery Summer Show, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Art for the Festival, Henry Duncan House, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen
Peacock Printmaking Gallery, Christmas Show, Aberdeen
Christmas Show, Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen
1997 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Degree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
Art for the Festival, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
1995 Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
Keepers, an exhibition of five figurative artists, Discovery Point, Dundee


2009 International Artist Finalist, International Artist Magazine Dec/Jan
2007 Aspect Painting Prize Winner (1 of 4 awarded)
2002 Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition Award
2001 Noble Grossart Painting Prize Finalist
1997 John Eadie Award for Painting
1997 John Kinross Travelling Scholarship

 Private Collections

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee; J.K Rowling; Andrew Strauss; Collections in the USA, Egypt, South Africa and Norway