Relocating to Margaret River, Western Australia in 1999 for a surfing/working holiday, Stuart McMillan instantly fell in love with the Indian Ocean and surrounding environment. Around this time a more considered and dedicated approach to creating art begun.
He expanded on his mostly self taught repertoire of artistic skills and studied a Certificate III in Contemporary Art & Craft at Margaret River TAFE. This fuelled passion for printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture, pushing him to pursue further art studies that led to Bachelor of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley.
His art tends to examine the human condition, investigating how our external world influences the internal being within multitude of habitats using a diverse sensory pallet including painting, print making, sculpture, photography, video and sound installation. This allows his ideas to translate into both traditional and contemporary dialogues.
Stuart has had pieces included in Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe, he’s worked on Cow Parade and at the time of writing, was working on a commission at Howard Park Wines titled ‘Transience’.
“I’ve never really stopped making art since I was 16 years old, I consider creation as a daily ritual,” says Stuart, now aged 39.
“Having travelled and lived in towns and cities, both interstate and internationally over the past twelve years, Margaret River has drawn me back several times. It really has the ability to recharge the soul and I feel it is my home now. I fell in love with the rawness of the Indian Ocean, rugged coastline, leading into dense bush and forests. There is something unique about the air, and energy of this place that invigorates the creative spirit. I also love the fact that such a great community of creatives live here and support each other, from film makers, photographers, musicians, sculptors, painters, writers, potters, weavers, you name it, Margaret River’s got it.”