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Piano Nobile
London
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Figurative painter Craigie Aitchison is known for his Mediterranean-inspired palette and simple compositions. Combining elements of Italian Renaissance painting with the British visionary tradition, Aitchison’s work is uniquely vibrant. His longtime fascination with the Crucifixion began when the artist encountered Salvador Dalí’s Christ of St. John of the Cross (1951), and he painted the motif throughout his career. Aitchison also depicted animals, desert landscapes, and human portraits; many of his recurring subjects—such as a Bedlington terrier, which he owned—held personal significance for the artist. Aitchison aimed to achieve luminous yet translucent coloring in his paintings. Warm and fading, they reflect the sentimentality of his memories from childhood.

Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions
2020
Surrealism in British ArtPiano Nobile
2019
CRAIGIE AITCHISON and The Beaux Arts GenerationPiano Nobile
2018
The Art of Collecting | Mayfair Art WeekendMall Galleries
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Crucifixion 8, 1985-1986

Oil on canvas
87 × 74 in
221 × 188 cm
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PN
Piano Nobile
London
Medium

Figurative painter Craigie Aitchison is known for his Mediterranean-inspired palette and simple compositions. Combining elements of Italian Renaissance painting with the British visionary tradition, Aitchison’s work is uniquely vibrant. His longtime fascination with the Crucifixion began when the artist encountered Salvador Dalí’s Christ of St. John of the Cross (1951), and he painted the motif throughout his career. Aitchison also depicted animals, desert landscapes, and human portraits; many of his recurring subjects—such as a Bedlington terrier, which he owned—held personal significance for the artist. Aitchison aimed to achieve luminous yet translucent coloring in his paintings. Warm and fading, they reflect the sentimentality of his memories from childhood.

Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions (3)
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