In The Flesh - page 5

Craigie Aitchison’s work is characterised by the use of intense,
pure colour to describe shape and form in extremely spare
compositions. His subject matter is traditional, featuring religious
themes, landscapes, portraits and still-lifes.
In 1955 Aitchison was awarded the British Council Italian
Government Scholarship for painting and travelled to Italy,
where the clear light and natural ‘Biblical’ landscapes had a
profound influence on his work. Aitchison’s religious scenes are
not of an ecclesiastical discipline, but have a timeless, poetic and
mysterious atmosphere reminiscent of 15th-century miniatures.
In his portraits colour and composition are key; Aitchison has
often shown a predilection for black models, enjoying the way
colour reflects against dark skin.
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