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Holy Island, Isle of Arran
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 172x145cm
Year created: 2004
Location: London
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Summary

Holy Island, Isle of Arran Craigie Aitchison 

This work depicts the Holy Isle in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, where Craigie spent much of his childhood. The Isle has a long history as a sacred site with a thirteenth century monastery, the hermit cave of sixth century monk St Molaise and a natural spring with alleged healing properties. This Isle’s spiritual history lends the painting a serene quality, and the strokes of vivid colour add to the emotional impact.

Biography

Craigie Aitchison 

Craigie grew up in Kincardine-on-Forth, Scotland, and this childhood spent on the Holy Isle in the Firth of Clyde influenced his work later in life. He went on to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in 1952 and was elected member of the Royal Academy of Art in 1988. Craigie’s contribution to the art word was recognised with a CBE in 1999.