Alastair has been painting portraits since the mid 1990’s and has established a strong reputation internationally as a commissioned portrait artist. His natural and unassuming approach to portraiture has earned him many high-profile commissions including from the National Portrait Gallery to paint Tony Blair for their Primary Collection.

After becoming a member of the RP in 2002, Alastair became Treasurer in 2005 and in 2008 was made President. In 2022 he returned to the role of Treasurer and is also currently serving a Trustee of the Federation of British Artists.

Alastair has held a research-based position as Programme Director for the Graphic Communication and Illustration Degree Course at Loughborough University. In addition to academic conference presentations and guest lectures he has acted as an external examiner for both the Art Academy and Heatherley’s School of Art in London. In 2022, he was made an Associate Fellow of Berkeley College, Yale, USA.

At the core of Alastair’s portraiture is an incisive, observationally centred drawing and painting language. His ability to not only capture a likeness but also the look and manner of his subjects has enabled him to earn the friendship and favour of many institutions and individuals in the UK, Europe and America.



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Alastair likes to work from life when possible whilst also making use of photography to reduce sitting times. He will usually travel to the sitter’s location and has worked nationally and internationally.


Sir Andrew Witty, Chancellor of University of Nottingham

Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge

Sir Steve Smith, Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter

National Portrait Gallery, London: Tony Blair

Richard E Grant, Actor

Bruce Robinson, Writer and Director

Nick Frost, Actor, Screenwriter and Producer

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Sir Liam Donaldson, Chancellor of Newcastle University

Princeton University, USA

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

Royal College of General Practitioners

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

University of Leicester

University of Exeter


  • 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


The Changing Faces Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Commission a portrait by Alastair Adams PPRP