Craigie: The Art of Craigie Aitchison

Craigie: The Art of Craigie Aitchison
Date: 14 June – 18 September 1996
Space: Temporary Exhibition (now Gallery 3)

Divided in three rooms, the show displayed three main chapters of the artist Craigie Aitchison’s life until the mid-1990’s: The Early Years (1952-1962), Portraits and Icons (1963-late 1970s) and Loss and Longing (1990s).

This retrospective exhibition of the work of Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009), representing many phases of his life and artistic production, started with the early pieces from 1952, when he studied at the Slade School of Art. Later works in the mid 1950s showed the influence by a visit to Italy, while from the 1960s until the late 1970s, he started a series of nudes inspired by the introduction to the model Georgeous Macauley. The large landscapes in the late 1980s testified his memory of Isle of Arran, where he used to spend every summer during his childhood and where he returned in 1993. Throughout his art, the Crucifixion appeared to be a recurring motif, together with the representation of his Bedlington terriers, as the observers and witnesses of his vision.

Artists: Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009)

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