Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 3:31 pm
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Artistic Life of David Michie

The lifelong work and achievements of David Michie are being recognised in the Memorial Exhibition currently being shown at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

Gallery Director, Guy Peploe, writing in the foreword to the 2017 exhibition catalogue says, ‘A memorial exhibition should not be a sombre affair and with the subject being the life and work of David Michie our exhibition for the month of March 2017 could not be anything but a joyous celebration. David was a devoted son to his mother, artist Anne Redpath, the happiest of married men with his wife, Eileen, the best of fathers to his girls (who have all our thanks for helping to prepare this tribute) and a friend to so many, including the staff at The Scottish Gallery’.

Robin McLure of the Scottish Gallery contributes a moving tribute in which he quotes David Michie as saying: “If I hadn’t been a painter, I’ve not the slightest idea what I would have done, but I’m pleased I spent my life painting. For better or for worse I’ve inflicted my paintings on the world but I paint because I’ve had such endless entertainment from what I’ve found around me …”

It is almost impossible for me to do justice to the history and achievements of David Michie, a man I met, full of ‘joie de vivre’ and sparkle. His teaching career began at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and continued at Edinburgh College of Art from 1961 until his retirement in 1990 when he was Head of Drawing and Painting.

I am deeply impressed and appreciative of the vast range of subjects, colour and vibrancy of the work in this exhibition. For example, the oil on canvas painting ‘Summer Garden’ (1990) [in the header] is a positive riot of colour and creativity, reflecting his talent and interest in the outdoors, particularly in gardens.

The oil on canvas work ‘Tropical Plant in Majorelle Gardens, Marrakesh” (1997) is bursting with colour and expressionism. Foreign travel, scholarships and a keen artistic eye produced a rich life and a lasting legacy. David Michie’s many accolades and travels have given the art world a rich tapestry

A complete contrast, ful of humour, is  an oil on canvas (see picture above) entitled “Trapeze Artist with Ribbons” (1991). This is a fun, witty piece with a brightly bikini-clad young woman hanging upside down from a trapeze.

The accolades, achievements and range of exhibitions and Public Collections – including that of HM The Queen –  are a glowing testament to the lifetime and work of David Michie, OBE, RSA, PSSA, FRSA, RGI, FECA.

This exhibition runs until 1st April 2017.

The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ, telephone 0131 558 1200. www.scottish-gallery.co.uk

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. (Closed on Sundays)

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One Response to “Artistic Life of David Michie”

  1. Lindsey Michie Says:

    Christine – Thank you for attending Guy’s talk yesterday, and thank you for your very complimentary article about my father’s Memorial Exhibition at The Scottish Gallery. Needless to say, I have noted a few grammatical and spelling errors, particularly with Robin McClure’s last name! I don’t know if you are able to correct this, but I would be grateful if you could.

    Kind Regards
    Lindsey Michie

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