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Flower Border

by

David Michie

FlowerBorder
Flower Border by David Michie
Etching 12/50
1992
70 x 79 cm

Reg. Number: G285

Print Label Print Label

'Flower Border' presents the viewer with an abstract and fragmented flower bed. The contrasting colours and the bold complexity of the shapes create a striking effect. Movement is also visible; the linear curves of the flowers bring to mind the motion of swaying in the wind. Michie has applied his work with grace but there is great depth to this painting too: a flurry of intricately detailed flowers fills the composition with flickers of crimson against the pale yellow.

David Michie's first years immersed in the sun soaked landscape of the South of France were to have a lasting effect on him. Not only did it give him awareness of colour, but it gave him a taste for a life outside Scotland that was to inspire a love for travel which has lasted a lifetime. On returning to Hawick at the age of eight he was placed into a landscape of a different sort. David's gaze focused on the smaller aspects of the natural world, like a dragonfly skimming across a ponds surface.

David's lack of interest in conventional landscape painting led him to create a visual language which was completely unique. Not constricted by academic drawing, his compositions of flora and fauna are simplified in form and often float in an ambiguous space of flattened colour and pattern. The world that the artist describes is abundant and diverse and appeals directly to our senses. His images of people, often inspired by foreign travel, feature subjects as diverse as jazz musicians, skateboarders and fisherman. All are perfect snapshots of the bizarre natural drama of the human experience. His most recent works focus on the theme of 'Midnight Tango' and are made with the same wit, strong colour and harmonious design for which he is renowned.

Much like his friends and contemporaries, Elizabeth Blackadder and John Houston, David's principal contribution to the Scottish art world is as a printmaker. However, he has worked extensively as a painter; a pursuit that he took seriously and from which he believes one can gain great pleasure.

David Michie (1928 - 2015) studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1947 to 1953 under the painter William Gillies. He was awarded a travelling scholarship upon graduating and travelled to Italy in 1953 with fellow painter and friend John Houston. On returning to Edinburgh he took up a post at the College of Art, becoming Head of Drawing and Painting from 1982 until 1990.

He was an elected member of the Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Glasgow Institute and past President of the Society of Scottish Artists. He was awarded an OBE in 1997. His paintings are held in the collection of The Queen, The Scottish Arts Council, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and other major public collections of Scottish art.


Art in Healthcare's blog entry about David Michie

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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.


Art in Healthcare is truly committed to the important role that art plays in the healing environment but we need your help to properly maintain and build this unique Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of the hundreds of thousands of staff, patients and visitors who view it each year.


With your help we're able to:


Keep our Collection on display in hospitals and care homes
Support young artists at their degree shows
Buy artwork from professional artists
Provide fun-filled art workshops for patients and care home residents
Develop our training programmes for volunteers


Adopt an artwork from our Collection for just £3 a month and you'll receive:


Your name (or a loved one's) written next to your chosen artwork online
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First to view our latest Prestigious Print
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"My patients really enjoy looking at our collection. Sometimes they even do an 'art tour' around the premises." ~ Barron Dental Practice


You can adopt an artwork in the gallery, if it hasn't already been adopted, by clicking the 'Adopt Me' button below the picture of the artwork.


Our Charity

Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
Adopt an artwork
Donate with JustGiving

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Supported by Edinburgh Art Fair