Graham Milton

Tempestuous Skies III by Graham Milton
Tempestuous Skies II by Graham Milton
Tempestuous Skies I by Graham Milton
Fireblaze II by Graham Milton
Fireblaze I by Graham Milton
Blazing Skies II by Graham Milton
Blazing Skies I by Graham Milton
Skies. And we’re talking about absolutely massive skies. Skies which go on forever. Red skies that shepherds will be delighted with the following morning, orange skies that sense the world is on fire, blue skies which restore an ambience of calm and black skies which warn of the imminent return of a climmatical ill wind. Graham Milton’s skies are like the heavens above rather than Mother Nature’s doing and hold as much depth and character as any star-filled constellation image could ever in our wholly unscientific estimation. Every type of wonderful is encapsulated in Milton’s evocative and enigmatic and enlightening skies, told in the most arresting of hues and saturations which dance across the canvas. Eulogising apart, acclaimed contemporary landscape/fine artist, Milton’s towering and illustratively seismic compositions are in much demand, with each new release as hotly anticipated as the last, whilst fans and critic alike queue up to wax equally lyrical about his finest pictorial hours (of which there are many). So just where did it start going so right for Milton?

Born in London in 1965, Milton displayed a penchant for art from an early age it’s been reported previously, and which was meaningfully furthered when he made the decision to attend art school to nurture and develop this raw talent he’d been blessed with; albeit after pursuing alternative roles through his 20s. The learning surround which Milton belatedly elected to attend as something of a mature student wasn’t just any, as the budding artist won a much coveted place at the famous Central Saint Martins school of art in Central London; which was responsible for producing some household name artists and practising creatives in general through the generations. On leaving here – complete with both an Art and Design masters degree and distinction to his name in relation to his art as of 1997– Milton went on to become a hugely successful (and well collected) independent artist in his own right, overseeing much of his retrospective work being showcased at prestigious art institutions the length and breadth of the UK; not least the National Portrait Gallery in the capital as well as Edinburgh’s equivalent, the Scottish National Gallery.

Having been originally influenced by iconic, multi genre-spanning practitioners such as Turner and Rothko – and pretty much everyone else in between – when quizzed on his typical and all-consuming favoured subject matter, Milton wastes no time in dotting the illustrative ‘I’s’ and crossing the graphical ‘t’s’. The artist makes the skies his muse simply because (in his own words); “It has such a profound effect on us as human beings. We have such a strong connection with the sun and the sky that it can influence our mood, and also trigger a sense of wonder.” Milton goes on to add; “My aim is to create as much depth to my paintings as possible whereby when lit the colours become vivid and more depth and detail is revealed”. His art certainly achieves what Milton sets out for it to do in the aforementioned mission statement of sorts, as each and every piece is as illuminating and retina-pleasing as the next.

Putting those sublime skies in the spotlight for a moment, and answering the obvious question as to just what landscapes they might have sat over, Milton makes it clear that they could belong to anytime and anywhere. That’s not to say they are figments of his vivid imagination, but rather he makes a habit of travelling extensively, and it’s these perpetual journeys which provide the inspiration as such, and not a handful of regular and artist-familiar vistas. Having said that Milton does concede that from time to time he does let his imagination run riot when not interpreting a particular, physical, right there, right then panorama, which he ultimately compiles in canvas form from his Sussex studio. It’s in this studio that the visual magic takes place, however as the artist makes a point of stressing, this can happen at any part during an average day. And on the subject of that, so as not to break the natural flow of his homogeneous compositional style, Milton regularly works straight through from early in the morning to gone 9pm at night to maintain his rhythm.

Milton’s work can be found in private and corporate collections across the UK and Europe, whilst the popular contemporary artist has previously enjoyed being a finalist in the prestigious BP Portrait Award two years running.

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