Jack Millar RBA NEAC ( 1921 - 2006 )


It is with sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Jack Millar who died in London on the 2nd November 2006.

Born in London in 1921, Jack went to Clapham Art School before the war but when the school was evacuated to the midlands at the outbreak of hostilities, he returned to London to enrol at St. Martins before joining the Royal Artillery.

His war time experiences were shortened when he contracted tuberculosis and was sent to South Africa to convalesce. Back in England after the war Jack studied at the Royal College, at the same time as Alfred Daniels. Amongst his tutors were Rodrigo Monyihan, Ruskin Spear, John Minton and Carel Weight, and in 1950 he graduated with 1st class honours and the Andrew Lloyd Scholarship for landscape painting.

From art school Jack like many others had to teach as well as paint. He was an excellent teacher being approachable and infinitely patient and from 1964-92 a visiting lecturer at the Royal Academy Schools where he taught several of our RBAs, including Anthony Southwell and Tom Coates.

Jack Millar - Winter Still Life
Winter Still Life

Later he became Head of Fine Art at Walthamstow College of Art, a post he held from 1966-73 and Anthony Southwell who was teaching Ceramics there, remembers travelling home with him on the bus and beginning a friendship that was to continue up until Jack?s death.

From 1973-86 Jack was the Head of Kingston Polytechnic.

Jack was elected a member of the RBA in 1954 and later the NEAC in 2001. Winning many art prizes and many admirers, Jack showed with the London Group, the West of England Academy, the Glasgow institute of Fine Art, and from 1948 regularly at the RA Summer Exhibitions. Over the years he also had many solo exhibitions and contributed work to other mixed shows in commercial and public galleries.

Always kind and happy to listen he will be greatly missed by all of us who met him through the society and we send our thoughts to his wife Pam Izzard.

Barbara Richardson