14 Nov 2019 - 29 Jan 2020
Craigie AitchisonAnd the Beaux Arts GenerationIt was 1952 when a soft-spoken Scotsman entered the Slade School of Fine Art. Accompanied by his beagle named Somerset, he attended on a part-time basis at first. Few could have missed Craigie Aitchison in those days and he was certainly noticed by another Slade student, Michael Andrews, who later recommended him to Helen Lessore, proprietor of the Beaux Arts Gallery. Aitchison was one of the most original British artists of his generation, his success underpinned by rigorous observation and a painter’s sensitivity to surface texture. The use of saturated...