ABOUT ALASTAIR

Alastair initially trained as an illustrator through which he developed his interest in figurative and portrait painting. In the years since he has established a strong reputation as a commissioned portrait artist, his dynamic but natural and unassuming portraits earning him many high profile commissions, both in the UK and overseas. Alastair became a member of the RP in 2002 and Hon Treasurer 2005. In 2008 was made President, the youngest in the Society’s history.

In 2011 Alastair was commissioned to paint Tony Blair for the National Portrait Gallery as part of their permanent collection of past British Prime Ministers.

Through his academic work Alastair aims to promote a higher level of debate around the use and understanding and of portraiture, produced as part of an incisive, observationally centred, drawing and painting language.  To these ends Alastair holds a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University and has published papers on commissioned portraiture and contemporary life drawing within a modern educational context. He is also Chair of the University’s Drawing Research Group ‘TRACEY’.

COMMISSIONS

PRICE GUIDE

Oil

20×16 inches £8,000
24×20 inches £9,000
30×25 inches £12,000
36×28 inches £14,000
40×30 inches £18,000
50×40 inches £19,000
60×40 inches £21,000

Drawing
20 x 16 inches From £2,250
24 x 20 inches From £3,000

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.

METHOD OF WORKING
Alastair likes to work from life when possible whilst also making use of photography to reduce sitting times. He will usually travel to the sitters location and has worked nationally and internationally. He is not currently VAT registered.

NOTABLE SITTERS

National Portrait Gallery, London: Tony Blair

Richard E Grant, Actor

Bruce Robinson, Writer and Director

Nick Frost, Actor, Screenwriter and Producer

Yale Investments Office, Yale University, USA

Berkeley College, Yale University, USA

Yale School of Medicine, USA

Bridgepoint Capital, Madrid, Spain

Commonwealth of Nations, London

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool University

London School of Economics

Nottingham Trent University

University of Nottingham

Metropolitan Police, London

Hugh’s College, Oxford

Rhodes House, Oxford

St John’s College, Cambridge

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Royal College of Surgeons

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Geographical Society

EXHIBITIONS

  • Body of Art, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Centre, Cincinatti, Ohio.
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London
  • National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Art London, Duke of Yorks Barracks, London
  • “Portraits and Life”, Solo Exhibition, Liverpool University
  • Manchester Academy Annual Open Exhibition
  • Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries
  • Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries
  • BP Portrait Award 2018 exhibitor

AWARDS

The Changing Faces Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters.