David Michie

Houses in a Fife Village

About this artwork

This work depicts the centre of Ceres near St. Andrews, where the houses curve around the village green. For the majority of the scene Michie adopts a relatively subdued palette which he contrasts with the vibrant luminosity of the sky. This creates a frosty atmosphere, which, together with the bare trees, suggests the village is in the depths of winter. Typical of Michie’s style, he has adopted a semi-abstract approach with the flat curve of the lawn drawing the focus around the painting. The unexpected blocks of red and green in the background act as an abstract focal point in comparison to the relatively traditional, representational style of the houses.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    David MichieScottish (1928 - 2015)
  • title:
    Houses in a Fife Village
  • date created:
    1961
  • materials:
    Oil on board
  • measurements:
    51.00 x 61.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Dr R.A. Lillie 1977
  • accession number:
    GMA 1928
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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David Michie

David Michie