British, 20th century, male.
Born 13 January 1926, in Edinburgh.
Painter. Religious subjects, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes.
Craigie Aitchison studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1952 to 1954. In 1955 he was awarded a British Council scholarship and travelled to Italy, where he was affected by the light and landscapes of that country and by early Italian art. Using a deliberately blurred diaphanous technique, he paints a wide range of subjects in a Symbolist style with a certain degree of real or apparent naivety. His portraits, typically set against single colour backgrounds, recall the work of André Derain. It is in his poetic and harmonious landscapes that his affection for Italy is most apparent, as are his references to his native Scotland. Aitchison's subjects have included the Isle of Arran and his farmhouse near Siena, with his use of colour becoming more vibrant and lyrical as his work developed. A favourite religious subject is the Crucifixion which, like the artists of the Italian Renaissance, he sets in the landscapes that surround him. In ...