Robert Macmillan studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone from 1993-97. He then studied in Florence for several months after winning the John Kinross Scholarship. Robert has been painting full time since graduating, with collectors from New zealand to Norway, including the author J.K Rowling and the former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan. In addition to the John Kinross Scholarship, Robert has received numerous awards, and was an International Artist Finalist (International Artist Magazine Dec/Jan) in 2009 and an Aspect painting prize winner (1 of 4 winners) in 2007. He received the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition Award in 2002 and he was a Noble Grossart Painting Prize Finalist in 2001.
Robert has great admiration for the old masters, most notably Rembrandt, and also the still living Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum. He has developed a process of painting and repainting, scraping, sanding and glazing through many layers of paint so that his finished paintings have great richness and depth. With a painting style that is instantly recognisable, Robert often uses large areas of negative space to simultaneously emphasise a sense of isolation and inner peace and contentment.