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Fyffe Christie (1918 - 1979)

Painter, draughtsman, muralist and teacher, born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, son of a commercial artist and illustrator, George Christie. From the age of 12 Christie lived in Glasgow, from 1934 working in a solicitor's office, then became an apprentice lithographic draughtsman and during World War II served in the Scottish Rifles, resulting work finding its way into the Imperial War Museum. Christie studied at Glasgow School of Art, 1946-50, mural painting under Walter Pritchard. He gained the Newberry Medal in 1950 and a post-diploma year's study. After a period teaching and a six-month travelling scholarship taken on the continent Christie resumed teaching and completed many murals, including Glasgow University and the Iona Community House. With his wife Eleanor, a sculptor, he moved to London in 1957 and again taught, while completing murals and much other work. Christie and his wife held a show at Woodlands Gallery in 1979, shortly before he died. This showed him to be a painter with a rich palette, notable for his female nude studies, as well as a consummate draughtsman. His widow did much to promote Christie's work  after his death. There were exhibitions at Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow, and Fairhurst Gallery in 1988, preceded by a show of his drawings at Glasgow School of Art. He was included in Children & Childhood at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, in 1989; there was a large show of his schoolchildren drawings at the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, 1991; and further small exhibitions at Blackheath Concert Halls and in Norwich. In 2004, there was an exhibition at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, accompanied by a monograph, Nature and Humanity, The Work of Fyffe Christie 1918-1979, published by Sansom & Company Ltd.

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Artist Fyffe Christie: Dance of the Blessed Spirits, circa 1950
Fyffe Christie
Dance of the Blessed Spirits  For sale
£345
Artist Fyffe Christie: Roll Up!, circa 1950
Fyffe Christie
Roll Up!, circa 1950  For sale
£2570
Artist Fyffe Christie: Dance of the Blessed Spirits - study for a mural, circa 1960
Fyffe Christie
Dance of the Blessed Spirits - study...  For sale
£680
Artist Fyffe Christie: Annunciation, circa 1960
Fyffe Christie
Annunciation, circa 1960  Reserved 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Portrait of Eleanor, the artists wife, mid 1950s
Fyffe Christie
Portrait of Eleanor  For sale 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Head and shoulders of Eleanor, the artists future wife, with a wolley hat, eyes lowered, circa 1950
Fyffe Christie
Head and shoulders of Eleanor  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Standing nude, full length three quarter view, circa 1950
Fyffe Christie
Standing nude  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: The Artists wife reading, August 1953
Fyffe Christie
The Artist's wife reading, August 1953  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Disabled Panther August 1944
Fyffe Christie
Disabled 'Panther ' August 1944  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Eleanor with red neck scart, circa 1953
Fyffe Christie
Eleanor with red neck scart  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: In the Piazza, Siena, circa 1951
Fyffe Christie
In the Piazza, Siena, circa 1951  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Still-life set up in the flat , circa 1956
Fyffe Christie
Still-life set up in the flat  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: The Artists Cat, Carmen, circa 1955
Fyffe Christie
The Artist's Cat, Carmen, circa 1955  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Portrait of the artists wife Eleanor
Fyffe Christie
Portrait of the artists wife Eleanor  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: View from the Artists digs, overlooking the Botanic Gardens Glasgow
Fyffe Christie
View from the Artist's digs  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: The Lady of Shalott, 1957
Fyffe Christie
The Lady of Shalott, 1957  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: The Golden Age - study for a mural, circa 1960
Fyffe Christie
The Golden Age - study for a mural  Sold 
Artist Fyffe Christie: Christ feeding the people, 1951
Fyffe Christie
Christ feeding the people, 1951  Sold