Craigie Aitchison: Pictures

18 November 2004 - 14 January 2005 London

Craigie Aitchison, one of the UK’s most distinguished painters and a Royal Academician, is celebrated for paintings that explore traditional genres of art in highly unorthodox ways.
In the first exhibition of new work since his retrospective exhibition ‘Out of the Ordinary’ at the Royal Academy in October 2003, Aitchison presents landscapes, still-lifes and crucifixions, incorporating new imagery such as a rainbow, inspired by the observation of one seen during a journey from his home in Italy to London.
‘Craigie Aitchison distils images to great simplicity and beauty from the everyday world. The colour sings, forms and shapes answering and completing one another in pictorial space divided up with razor-sharp accuracy. Aitchison himself says: “In the end it’s the shapes, whatever anybody says, that decide whether the picture is any good.” But it will undoubtedly be as a colourist and for his original contribution to our understanding of ourselves – through his unique, moving and endearing imagery – that he will be celebrated and best remembered.’
-Andrew Lambirth, ‘Out of the Ordinary’, Royal Academy of Arts, 2003
A fully illustrated catalogue including a conversation between the artist and Andrew Lambirth accompanies the exhibition. There will be a limited edition of 300 signed copies of the book accompanied by a signed silkscreen print, in a special presentation case, available during the exhibition.
This exhibition, to be held at 24 Dering Street, is organised jointly with Waddington Galleries.