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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Craigie Aitchison RA: A Colourful Life in Painting

I knew this exhibition was a collaboration between Meryl Ainslie and Sophie Cummings, but didn't realise that some of it is already available to view before the official opening on 30 October.
I've taken the following information from the museum's website :

'This free exhibition will include selected paintings from throughout Craigie Aitchison’s life. He relished colour and is celebrated as one of our most important 20th Century artists for the intensity of his palette, his flat, almost two-dimensional forms and simple icon-like compositions. His distinctive subject matter consisting of still lifes, landscapes, portraits, nudes, Bedlington terriers and crucifixions, are all rendered in vibrant, luminous colour, and powerfully invoke both the early Italian Renaissance as well as the British visionary tradition.
This exhibition has been organised by Meryl Ainslie, owner and director of Rabley Contemporary in collaboration with Sophie Cummings, curator of Swindon Museum and Gallery in consultation with Terry Danziger – Miles, executor of the Craigie Aitchison Estate.
It will accompany our exhibition ‘Going to Town’ which runs from the 30 September 2015 until the 12 March 2016'

What's also very exciting is the new look achieved in the gallery by the addition of a  wall at right angles to the main wall opposite you as you walk into the gallery; it enables seven extra large paintings to be hung.
Here's one side with the Sylvia Gosse painting now moved to the new wall
 And on the other side some of the Craigie Aitchison exhibition
Below 'Goat Farm, Brittany' which I was very drawn to
And below a blue wall showing off more of the paintings to very good effect
Sophie Cummings will be giving a free talk on 30 October at 12.30pm-1.00pm on this exhibition.

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