Alastair Michie RWA FRBS (1921-2008)
43 x 24 cm
The eldest son of Anne Redpath, possibly the most famous Scottish woman painter of the twentieth century, Michie was born in St Omer, France where his father was working as an architect. When the 1930s recession led the family to return to Hawick in Scotland, Michie attended the local high school where he won a scholarship to study architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. War service in the RAF interrupted his studies and he became one of the youngest pilots to receive his wings, serving with distinction as a night-fighter pilot in reconnaissance aircraft over Germany and occupied territory.
Reluctant to return to his architectural studies after the war, Michie worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. He had a successful career as a fashion draughtsman for leading magazines in London, before moving to Dorset in 1950.
Peter Davies concluded his excellent obituary of Michie in the Independent as an artist who ‘belonged to a generation of later modernist artists who shared an optimistic but never naïve world-view conditioned by an understanding of human nature gained during wartime. A sophisticated, urbane man with a quiet, wry sense of humour, he overcame a strange mix of privilege and disadvantage to pursue a difficult career.’
A small collection of Fashion illustrations (including this one) were purchased directly from the artist’s family. They cover an exciting period of British fashion from the ascent from post war austerity to the swinging sixties: a fascinating potted timeline plotting the evolution of women’s design from the ‘New Look’ to ‘Hippy Chic’.
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