Friday the 19th of November marks the opening of David Michie: A Retrospective at the Glasgow Art Club. The carefully curated exhibition is hosted in loving memory by his two daughters on what would have been his 90th birthday. The Edinburgh based artist not only emerged from the shadows of his talented mother Anne Redpath but dazzled the Scottish art scene with his colourful expressionist canvases. Michie’s accomplishments were honoured with an OBE in 1997, an occasion which is showcased in photographic form in a small cabinet of personal snapshots on one side of the gallery. Many have gathered to commemorate Michie and to marvel at the collection of 50 canvases and etchings adorning the grand Art Club gallery walls. The majority of the works are to be sold by the auction house Lyon and Turnbull. The vice chairman Nick Curnow opens the exhibition by commemorating David Michie as a “glass half-full kind of man”. The auctioneer alludes to Michie’s positive and witty approach to life and to painting. This uplifting character is felt by all in the room who delight in the vibrant colours and confident brushstrokes of his large canvases. Curnow encourages those present to be inspired by the Mediterranean warmth of Michie’s landscapes and “buy a bit of sunshine”.
The Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street
A talk on David Michie will be held by Pamela Robertson on the 8th November at the Art Club Glasgow.