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University of Bath shows Craigie Aitchison collection
Craigie Aitchison RA. Cypress Tree and Bedlington, 2005. Timothy Taylor Gallery.
Craigie Aitchison is best known for his paintings of the Bedlington Terrier

People in Bath are being given a chance to see some "exclusive works" of the late artist Craigie Aitchison.

Mr Aitchison is best known for his paintings of the Bedlington Terrier and was also famous for his depictions of crucifixions and landscapes.

The University of Bath will show the first retrospective of his work since the artist's death last year.

The exhibition will be held at Lansdown Crescent and will be open to the public from 18 to 20 June.

It will include up to 20 of his paintings, loaned to the university from private collections across the South West.

The works on show will represents a cross-section of the artist's collection and reflect the "main themes" of his work.

Professor Glynis Breakwell, vice chancellor of the university, said: "Craigie was an exceptional artist.

CRAIGIE AITCHISON FACTS
Dog in red 1975, from private collection
Craigie Aitchison was renowned for his "intense palette and stark compositions"
The Scottish-born painter studied at Slade School of Fine Art, in London, in the early 1950s
He had a strong interest in the Crucifixion and produced many paintings of the subject
Mr Aitchison was elected a Royal Academician in 1988 - a major retrospective of his work was held there in 2003
Craigie Aitchison was born on 13 January 1926 and died on 21 December 2009

"The university is privileged to honour his work in this first retrospective exhibition."

Last year Craigie received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the university.

Craigie was good friends with the artist Euan Uglow, who died in 2000 - in 2006, Craigie curated an exhibition of Euan Uglow's work at the Holburne Museum in Bath.

This current exhibition will take place at the vice chancellor's residence.

It will be open to the public on Friday, 18 June, Saturday, 19 June and Sunday, 20 June between 12pm and 4pm.

Meanwhile, John McEwen, art critic and author, will give a public lecture entitled The Art of Craigie Aitchison at the university's Claverton campus on Tuesday, 15 June at 5pm.

Admission to the public viewing and lecture are free.

You can find out more information on the ICIA website, or by calling the ICIA box office on 01225 386 777.




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