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Craigie Aitchison

(1926-2009), Artist

Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist of 1 portrait
Painter and printmaker. Aitchison studied law at Edinburgh and London's Middle Temple before becoming an artist. He started painting in 1950, and in 1952 went on to study at the Slade School of Art, London. Noted for his use of vibrant colour and imaginative compositions, Aitchison's subjects include religious themes, landscapes, portraits, animals and still-lifes. Elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1978, Aitchison won the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1994. Major retrospectives were held at the Serpentine Gallery (1981), Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow (1996) and the Royal Academy, London (2003). He was awarded a CBE in 1999.

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Craigie Aitchison, by Craigie Aitchison - NPG 6933

Craigie Aitchison

by Craigie Aitchison
oil on canvas, circa late 1950s-early 1960s
NPG 6933

Craigie Aitchison, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1842

Craigie Aitchison

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 1984
NPG P1842

Craigie Aitchison, by Ida Kar - NPG x133282

Craigie Aitchison

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
NPG x133282

Craigie Aitchison, by Steve Speller - NPG x126756

Craigie Aitchison

by Steve Speller
digital R-type colour print from original transparency, April 1989
NPG x126756

Craigie Aitchison, by Jonathan Root - NPG x133118

Craigie Aitchison

by Jonathan Root
C-type colour print, 2003
NPG x133118


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