Craigie Aitchison

Stable and Donkey

CBE, RA 1928-2009 screenprint in colours


Craigie Aitchison, CBE, RA,  was born and brought up in Scotland.

His full name was John Ronald Craigie Aitchison but he adopted his father's name when he became an artist. 
He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1952-4, having rejected law as a career.
In 1955 he received a British Council and Italian government scholarship to study in Italy, where the different light and landscape made a marked impression on his work.
Aitchison's work took on a strong pastel colouring and he adopted a few simple shapes, such as a figure, a tree or a bird, which were to be his trademarks.
His apparently simple pictures can be comical or sad, but are always original.
He had a series of shows at the Beaux Arts, Gallery, 1954-64, and also he showed with LG, Compass Gallery in Glasgow, Knoedler & Co. and abroad. Notable exhibitions were held at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, in 1979, and at the Serpentine Gallery in 1981, with a retrospective at Harewood House, Leeds, 1994.  He had a major show at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, in 1996.
In 1988 he was made an RA and awarded a CBE in 1999 in the Queen's Birthday Honours. 

He died in 2009.

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