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Aiden Milligan

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Degree: MA Fine Art
University: Gray's School of Art
Graduation Year: 2018

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Humour and horror equalise each other in the unexpected illustrative landscapes of Aiden Milligan. Far from observing space in a traditional sense, Milligan rescues the depiction of rural life from banality by portraying allegory and narrative. Perhaps even more surprising is his capacity for creating suspense in the imagery. Indeed, many of the images have a feeling of absence which gives a macabre power to the pieces. Milligan’s confident use of negative space heightens the dramatic effect of each piece, yet the illustrative style refuses to let the creeping sense of threat control the narrative. Instead, the images play out multiple possibilities without succumbing to a fixed reading.

Artist Statement

I am a Scottish rural storyteller with a deep fascination of ideas surrounding the ‘Hinterland’, and how this arises through my own observations of the everyday. The world I visualise is one based on half-truths and borrowed folklore; a form of fakelore, which I feel to be rather appropriate at a time where truth and clarity is shrouded in lies and ‘fake news’. My work is informed by stories overlooked and fallen through the cracks, of people and place, living on the rural West coast of Scotland in a small town, where all it seems there is to do is fantasise.

Group Exhibitions

2019, Autumn Feature Exhibition, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
2019, Flora, Fauna, and Other Forms, Bonnymuir Green, Aberdeen
2019, Little Originals, Dock Street Studios, Dundee
2019, VAS/SSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2019, The Scottish Show, Panter and Hall, London
2018, FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London
2018, London Art Fair, Compass Gallery, London
2018, Summer Show, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
2018, RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2018, Winter Show, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
2017, Stuffed, Newave Gallery, Aberdeen
2017, New Generation Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2017, New Faces, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
2017, Winter Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
2016, Drawing In Response, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
2016, Perspicacity, The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen, Aberdeen
2016, Testing Time, Look Again Festival, Aberdeen
2016, Dressed In Gray, SWG3, Glasgow
2016, Base Collective Print Show, Humbolt, California
2015, In Three Words, The Academy, Aberdeen
2015, SUT Award (Shortlist), Foyer, Aberdeen

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2018, Edinburgh Art Shop Prize (RSA Open)
2017, BP Fine Art Award
2019, Dumfries House Residency (Royal Drawing School)

Original works:

The Old Way Is Better Than New...

By Aiden Milligan

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Before the Fall

By Aiden Milligan

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Cargo on the Firth of Clyde

By Aiden Milligan

£180

Ferry Loupers

By Aiden Milligan

£180

Bovine Beam

By Aiden Milligan

£160

Scotia Columbia

By Aiden Milligan

£160

The Timber Man

By Aiden Milligan

£325

Murder on the Canopy

By Aiden Milligan

£290

Keeping the Flame Alive

By Aiden Milligan

£290

It Happened on the Hill

By Aiden Milligan

£300

Wings Over Jailer's Island

By Aiden Milligan

£250

Deer Walk

By Aiden Milligan

£180

If You Look Hard Enough You Ca...

By Aiden Milligan

£225

Flindrikin at 5am

By Aiden Milligan

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Gandaguster

By Aiden Milligan

£180

Leum

By Aiden Milligan

£140

Glaiste

By Aiden Milligan

£140

The High Street Gunman

By Aiden Milligan

£350

Lynx Apollo

By Aiden Milligan

£300

Immortal

By Aiden Milligan

£180

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