Houses in a Fife Village (1961)
About this artwork
This work depicts the centre of Ceres near St. Andrews, where the houses curve around the village green. For the majority of the scene Michie adopts a relatively subdued palette which he contrasts with the vibrant luminosity of the sky. This creates a frosty atmosphere, which, together with the bare trees, suggests the village is in the depths of winter. Typical of Michie’s style, he has adopted a semi-abstract approach with the flat curve of the lawn drawing the focus around the painting. The unexpected blocks of red and green in the background act as an abstract focal point in comparison to the relatively traditional, representational style of the houses.
The son of eminent Scottish painter Anne Redpath, Michie has successfully established himself as a talented artist in his own right. He was born on the South of France before his family returned to Scotland 1934. From 1946-53 he studied at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), before teaching at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1957-61. He then returned to ECA to lecture in Drawing and Painting, remaining there in various posts until his retirement in 1990. From 1961-3 Michie was president of the Society of Scottish Artists and in 1964 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy.