Milsom was born in 1975 in the southern New South Wales city of Albury. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (visual arts) at the University of Newcastle in 1998, and then undertook postgraduate studies at the College Of Fine Arts of the University of New South Wales, gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts (honours) in 1999 and a Master of Fine Arts (by research) in 2002.
In 2008 Milsom won The Fisher’s Ghost Art Award for Painting at Campbelltown Arts Centre, with his triptych titled The Rubber-Room (the incident). He has been a finalist in the Archibald Portrait Prize four times, which he won in 2015 with a portrait of colourful Sydney identity Charles Waterstreet. In 2012 he won the Sir John Sulman Prize for genre painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. He has also been a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize on three occasions, winning it in 2013 with his portrait, Uncle Paddy.
Milsom has held a number of solo exhibitions in Sydney including shows at Yuill/Crowley Gallery and artist-run spaces Imperial Slacks Gallery, Francis Baker-Smith and Firstdraft Gallery. His work was included in Stars of Track and Field, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney 2005; Living On Luck, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, 2007; Adam, Adam, Mitch, Nigel & Ron: Big Painting, FraserStudios, Sydney; Wilderness: Balances Contemporary Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2010; Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2016; and Ecstasy: Baroque & Beyond, The University Of Queensland Art Museum, Queensland 2017.
His work is held in Public, Corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas.
Credit: Aimee Crouch