James Milroy has been drawing crowds of people ever since he first learnt to hold a pencil. After many years of sketching people in busy streets, stations and stadiums he has now developed a style of intricate crowdscapes full of colour and movement. Comparisons have been made with L S Lowry but in contrast to the painter of industrial poverty Milroy likes his paintings to be packed with people enjoying a wide variety of activities. From sports such as marathon running and cycling to more everyday activities like shopping, sunbathing and working in factories and call centres, the artist’s aim is to represent contemporary society in all it’s diversity.
With so much detail there is always something new to be discovered in Milroy’s paintings and the artist is very open to suggestions for new crowd scenes and commissions for group portraits.