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Newcastle’s newest art gallery, The Hancock Gallery opens up its doors as three floors of clean, reimagined art space. Its aim is to display work from renowned national and international artists so it can be admired by those who appreciate and collect art.

The gallery will be launched with a temporary show, Alexander Millar: A Retrospective, which celebrates the successful contemporary impressionist’s nostalgic works of art. Inspired by his childhood growing up on the west coast of Scotland he is known for his Scottish gadgies, landscapes, and representations of Scottish working life.

“My work has changed quite dramatically over the years, when I look at what I’ve painted during my career. It’s been good for me and also challenging at the same time – to go from my dark, simple, old Gadgies to making them brighter and bringing them more to life, which at the time was a reflection of what I was going through personally, coming out of the deep depression I experienced after the death of my father.” Alexander explains

He will also be displaying his latest work 9/11 firefighters, new American gadgies, and Peaky Blinders-inspired drawings and paintings and once the show comes to an end a space in the gallery will become his permanent home.

There will be a guest collection from the Balman Gallery that will be exhibited throughout a part of the top floor for a limited time, featuring eclectic national and international art of all kinds from artists such as Billy Childish, Maggi Hambling and Martin Creed.

The exhibitions is open to art lovers across the North East on Saturday 27th April and admission to the gallery is free.

Image by Alexander Millar

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