Alistair Michie

Alistair Michie was born in St. Omer, France on December 9th 1921.  His family were in France because his father was working as an architect there. His mother was the famous artist Anne Redpath.  It wasn’t until 1934 his family moved to Hawick where his mother and father had been raised.  At Hawick High School his talent was easily recognised in the Art Department and he won a scholarship to go to Edinburgh College of Art.  However, World War Two struck and he had to leave his studies for war service in the RAF.  Alistair became one of the youngest pilots to recieve his wings and served with distinction as a nightifighter over Germany and occupied territory.  Afer the war he chose not to continue his studies and worked as a graphic designer and a freelance illistrator. Alistair also had a successful career as a fashion draughtsman for leading magazines in London.Alistair’s  ambitions suddenly changed when he visited Venice in 1962 and saw an exhibition of American abstract expressionists. From then on he concentrated on creating abstract work influenced by his own experiences.  He moved to Wareham, Dorset, in 1950 and lived there until his death aged 86 on May 2nd, 2008.

By Orla Presslie