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Gallery display of much-loved artist

Memorable images by one of Scotland’s most distinctive painters will go on display at the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery.

The exhibition of 26 paintings by Craigie Aitchison is the first display of the artist’s work to be held in Scotland since Aitchison’s death in December last year.

Craigie Aitchison

Craigie Aitchison was born in Fife and died aged 83, having built his reputation on instantly recognisable painting style.

This involved simple, flat forms outlined against backgrounds of glowing colour.

Paintings between 1950 and 2007 focus on still life and portraits, but also feature subject matter that became closely identified with Aitchison.

This included pictures of Bedlington terriers, landscapes with boats and compelling religious imagery.

Additional exhibitions

Also showing at the Talbot Rice Gallery is as striking exhibition of new work by the internationally-renowned artist Julie Roberts titled Child.

The Welsh-born artist has a colourful, graphic style of painting.

Paintings on the subject of the ‘child’ includes religious iconography, images of domestic settings, children homes and school rooms from the 1940s and 50s and portraits of refugees, wartime evacuees and family groups.

For the first time since the Talbot Rice’s Georgian Gallery was refurbished, a selection of works from the University of Edinburgh’s Torrie Collection will also be on display.

The Torrie exhibition includes fine examples of Dutch and Italian painting from the 17th Century.

These three exhibitions of figurative painting reflect very different approaches to the genre. It is hoped that they will provide a timely opportunity to consider figurative painting at three key stages in its development

James CleggExhibitions Assistant, Talbot Rice Gallery

The Craigie Aitchison and Julie Roberts exhibitiosn will run until 25 September. Admission is free.

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