Edinburgh’s City Art Centre has reopened with Charles H Mackie: Colour and Light, the first major exhibition in over a century dedicated to the Scottish painter and printmaker and one of the most versatile artists of his generation, drawing inspiration from French Symbolism, the Celtic Revival movement and the landscapes of his European travels to produce oil paintings, watercolours, murals, woodblock prints, book illustrations and sculpture. Featuring over 50 works from public and private collections, this full scale retrospective on the centenary of Mackie’s death charts the progress of his career from the rural Scottish landscapes of his youth to his spectacular late Venetian scenes.
Charles Hodge Mackie (1862-1920) was based in Edinburgh throughout his career, although he travelled often and embraced an international outlook. A friend of E A Hornel and other Glasgow Boys, he met Paul Gauguin and Edouard Vuillard and Les Nabis group while working in France. He was a founding member and Chairman of the Society of Scottish Artists and was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1917.
Visitors to the City Art Centre can also see Bright Shadows: Scottish Art in the 1920s until 27th June, Marine: Ian Hamilton Finlay from 22nd May, and Islander: The paintings of Donald Smith from 29th May. There is also mini display, Joan Eardley (1921 – 1963), and various supporting talks and features online.