Alastair Michie (1921 – 2008)

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  • Biography: Alastair Michie was born in France to Scottish parents: his mother, Anne Redpath, was one of the greatest Scottish painters of the 20th Century, his father, James Michie, was an architect. His youngest brother, David Michie, became a celebrated painter. Alastair Michie began architecture studies in Edinburgh but this was interrupted by war service with the RAF, in which he served with distinction as a night fighter pilot in reconnaissance aircraft over Germany and occupied territory. After the war ended he began to work as an illustrator and designer. After seeing the work of the American abstract expressionists at the Venice Biennale in 1962, Michie was inspired to paint. He also went on to sculpt. Michie displayed his work in numerous exhibitions and galleries at home and abroad. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1994, and around the same time, followed his mother in exhibiting at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and went on two years later to a major solo show at the Mall Gallery in London. In 2000, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bournemouth. Works by David Michie and Anne Redpath are also held in the University of Stirling Art Collection.
    He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1994.

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