Craigie Aitchison published two very special prints with Rabley Editions in 2004 . The subjects are his beloved Bedlington terriers ‘Wayney’ and ‘Sugarbush’. Limited numbers of these etchings are available exclusively from Rabley Gallery.
Aitchison is particularly well known for his still-lifes, landscapes, nudes, portraits, dogs, and his idiosyncratic crucifixions and, alongside this subject matter, for his distinctive style consisting of simplistic, flat, stylised forms constructed through areas of thinly applied, yet pure and luminous colour. Uniting British Romanticism with an inheritance from the Italian Renaissance of interest in the relationship between line and colour, light and dark, subject and landscape setting, Aitchison produces work of powerful naiveté. Examples of Aitchison’s religious paintings include a Crucifixion loaned to King’s College Chapel since 1994 and Cavalry (1996-98) commissioned by Liverpool Cathedral. Aitchison also collaborated with Glyndebourne Opera House, decorating the Gallery Stalls in 2005.