Alexander Millar - The Wonder of it All
This is a Limited Edition Print by the artist Alexander Millar.
450mm x 610mm
Edition of 195
The Wonder of it All - Giclee Paper Mounted
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"This painting is one of the body of work that was exhibited at the Great North Museum otherwise
known as The Hancock Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne about 4 years ago.
I have the original as part of my own collection hanging in my living room in my home. It hangs
above the fireplace and is the first thing you see as you walk into the room and always has an
effect on the viewer who gazed at it. I am always amused and surprised at the reactions from
people as they look at it sometimes with tears in their eyes, usually with mouths open but always in
I guess that’s the lovely thing about art in that it always touches the soul. As Picasso once said “
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.
I see my own personal experience in this painting. I guess we all come to a time in our lives when
all of our experiences can usually be viewed as a whole both good and bad, and whatever we have
gone through if we’ve managed to survive and gained mastery or a balanced view of it we can
stand and view the wonder of it all.
I was brought up in a very religious household and lived most of my life in that sphere of organised
religion but when circumstances changed in my life I left that all behind which was at the time like
tearing out my heart and soul and leaving it by the wayside, a very difficult time indeed. As I
emerged out of the mist of gloom that was my life at the time I was left with a shadow of what my
life had been and even today I still consider myself a very spiritual person maybe with a desire still
to look for God or at least still be found by him but without a need for organised religion. Over the
years that have passed since that time I can say that there has been many things that have
happened that have made me puzzle at the weird and wonderful thing we call life and how by a
small and somewhat insignificant change in how we think can have an amazing effect on the world
we create in front of our very eyes.
One of the most intuitive and intellectual people I’ve ever met who has become a close friend to
me told me of a few of what she would call life’s little secrets, secrets that 99.9% of the world fail to
incorporate into their lives but when you do, my what a difference it can make. She would always
tell me that “change this, (pointing to my head) and you change the world outside for the world
outside is only what we’ve created in our minds in the first place”. One other wonderful secret was
to “let go” and realise that you cannot control one thing. This turns out to be a bit of a paradox for
when you desire something but then in your mind decide to let go of it, magically you seem to
attract it into your own life. She would elaborate a little on this by giving me the illustration of
relationships for when you want someone in you life, the minute you start to try and control them
they want to run a mile away form you but when you “let them go” they seem to want to stay and
be around you.
Relate that to life and you own one of life’s little secrets.
However you feel when you look at this painting I hope that you gain something good and uplifting
and if it makes you go away to take time and have I little introspective time to yourself
contemplating the “wonder of it all” well my work here is done." Alexander Millar