Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)

Magpie Exercise (F85), circa 1960

SKU: 6532
Signed, titled and numbered, Gouache on paper

Height – 38.1cm
Width – 55.8cm


The Artists Estate

Milner exhibited in mixed exhibitions at the Mayor Gallery, Redfern Gallery and Gimpel Fils and had solo shows at E.I.T Mesens London Gallery (1949) and Woodstock Gallery (1967).  The numbers that appear alongside Milner’s signature are actually the titles of his pictures which were classified by a series of figures, often prefixed by a letter.

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Allan Milner
1910 - 1984

Milner was an Abstract and Surrealist painter,  born in
Castleford, Yorkshire. He attended the local Grammar School, where his
Art teacher also taught Henry Moore. He went to Leeds College of Art and
then the Royal College of Art. He exhibited in 1932 at the Mayor
Gallery, having a portrait bought by the artist Edward Wadsworth. In the
Second World War he served in the Royal Navy. He exhibited in mixed
exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery and Gimpel Fils and had solo shows
including E.L.T.Mesens’ London Gallery in 1949 and Woodstock in 1967.
Salford Art Gallery bought an oil, Abstraction, in 1956. Milner settled
in Ramsey, Isle of Mann where he was the founder member and became
vice-president of the Mannin Art Group where he was a prolific
exhibitor. The Manx Museum, in Douglas, holds an abstract water colour
and a Manx landscape by Milner. The artist was described by one friend
as a stout bohemian fellow, competent with brush and corkscrew


Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)
Composition 2, 1949
Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)
Domestic Chores, 1940’s
Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)
The match (K123)
Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)
Three forms in orange, green, brown and blue (F35)
Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)
Magpie Exercise (F85), circa 1960
Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)
Mobile in brown, red and blue (F100), circa 1960
Allan Milner (1910 - 1984)
Abstract composition, L32, circa 1967