When the Wrestlers Came to Town by Aiden Milligan, 2022

When the Wrestlers Came to Town by Aiden Milligan, 2022

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Aiden Milligan is a painter who lives and works in Edinburgh. Milligan’s consciously naïve style brings humour and lightness to retellings of his experiences of growing up in rural Southwest Scotland.

In this new series, the composition tends to accentuate the position of the observer, partly alert and always amused - one who has come to experience  the absurdity of adult disenchantments with tenderness.

Milligan says of "When The Wrestlers Came to Town":

The painting depicts a town hall wrestling show, with the small crowd of locals cheering on their local champion, drawing from his farmer background to style his gimmick as seen in the sheep imagery. Wrestling is pretty big in Ayrshire, we might not have the best opportunities but we have had local talent go on to become the WWE World Champion, among others. As a child, I first became a narrative-maker while playing with wrestling action figures, often spending hours creating compositions and stories with them to photograph, and I’m still doing it in essence with all my paintings. It’s a good idea that they have a first aid kit on hand, whether it’s empty or not remains to be seen. 

50cm x 50cm. Acrylic on canvas. 2022. £350

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