Graham Milton MA - Artist

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Graham Milton is an artist based in the UK. He completed
an Art and Design Masters degree at Central Saint Martin's (London) in 1997, where he attained a distinction. He has gone on to be a successful portrait and skyscape painter.

His portrait paintings have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

He has been a finalist in the prestigious National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award two years in a row.

His work can be found in collections across the UK, Europe
and America.



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, 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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National Portrait Gallery - 2014
The National Open Art Competition 2010 - Shortlisted
Cork Street Open Exhibition 2010 - Shortlisted Finalist
Discerning Eye 2008 - Shortlisted Finalist
National Portrait Gallery - Portrait Gala, 150th Anniversary
NPG, BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2006 - Shortlisted Finalist
NPG, BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2005 - Shortlisted Finalist


The Times, Edinburgh Evening News, Leicestershire Life and British Society for the Turin Shroud


National Portrait Gallery Publications
Saatchi Gallery Online - Publishing
Fine Art America
De Montfort Fine Art
ITC Fine Art Publishing



The Cork Street Gallery, London
National Portrait Gallery, London
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
The Mall Galleries, London
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden, Sunderland
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
The Smithfield Gallery, London

Whitewall Galleries, UK
Arthouse Gallery, London
Artique Galleries, UK
The Astarte Gallery, West Sussex
Bell Fine Art Gallery, Hampshire
Outside the Square Gallery, Kent
Blue Dot Gallery, Cardiff
Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery, Lancashire
The Art Agency Gallery, Surrey


Whitewall Galleries, UK
Artique Galleries, UK
Blue Dot Gallery, Cardiff
Black Sheep Galleries, Oxford
Breeze Art Gallery, Glasgow
Creative Art Gallery, Oxfordshire
Gallery Three, Staffordshire
Mackay Gallery, Edinburgh
Trent Galleries, Nottinghamshire

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