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Aitchison has been painting the subject of the Crucifixion all his professional life. His first one man show in 1958 contained a small painting of the crucified Christ attended by two angels, with a landscape background divided, as here, into coloured bands. Aitchison takes the subject of the Crucifixion, already loaded with associations, ideas and meanings, and recharges it with his own deep and intense emotions by means of shape and colour. Sometimes the figure of Christ has arms but usually he is armless, as in this picture. Aitchison has said 'Everybody knows who he is. He doesn't need arms'. The Crucifixion is set against a hill called Goat Fell, on the Isle of Arran, a childhood holiday place.

September 2004