From Across the Pond
Meet David J. McMillan!
This Belfast-based artist has left his mark through murals. Although he'll be moving back to Bristol this April, you will be able to find his bold colors and uniquely identifiable figures throughout the city of Belfast. And if you can't swing the ticket to Ireland, check out more of his artwork below.
McMillan's work lives within a flurry of expressionist paintings, Matisse, color, David Bowie, printmaking, and his friends. He loves to draw with pencil crayons and really dark tonal pencils. Elements of linework and color are incredibly important to his work.
During the day, McMillan spends his time working the studio and drinking coffee. For his commissioned work, he utilizes Faber-Castell mechanical pencils along with a mixture of other pencils to create textures within his pieces.
McMillan is very easily scared. Any tiny creak and odd noise can make him jump. As such, he does not believe in ghosts, but is a big fan of magicians.
McMillan notes, "When I walk past my mural in Belfast, I keep wanting to turn to anyone on the street and tell them I made it. It's nice walking past it and seeing people look or point it out while secretly knowing it's my work."
McMillan would like to remind us to "look up or simply to look around. . . . Sometimes it's easy to be in your own little world or stare at the ground, but if you just look up there's always something that can inspire you."
Below is McMillan's piece entitled "Sunday Morning," created in support of Pride.
Whether you'd like to know an artist's thoughts on Brexit, or follow where McMillan's murals may pop up next, follow him on Instagram.