The Far Side of the Field (1964)
About this artwork
Known as a skilful colourist, Alastair Michie produced powerful abstract paintings which are influenced by the natural world. This work is typical of his oeuvre in being richly coloured and textured. His use of matt and scraped paint suggests wind-blown nature. Michie worked in the Edinburgh tradition of producing works which are sensuously coloured with a bold handling of paint. However he was also greatly inspired by American artists of the 1960s and began to produce paintings in his signature style after this time.
- title: The Far Side of the Field
- accession number: GMA 1047
- artist: Alastair MichieScottish (1921 - 2008)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- subject: Abstract
- materials: Acrylic on board
- date created: 1964
- measurements: 43.20 x 58.00 cm (framed: 61.80 x 75.20 x 3.00 cm)
- credit line: Scott Hay Collection: presented 1967
- copyright: © THE ARTIST
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Son of the artist Anne Redpath, Alastair Michie was born in northern France and educated in France and Scotland. He studied architecture in Edinburgh and began his career as a freelance graphic artist, following the completion of war service as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. During the 1960s, Michie began to produce paintings and sculptures and ultimately turned to working in acrylic and mixed media. In 1984 he was elected to the Royal West of England Academy and exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy.