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, he 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. More recently, Alastair painted  Bruce Robinson, the writer and director of cult classic film Withnail and I. This work was selected for the 2018 BP Portrait Award Exhibition. 

Through his academic work Alastair aims to promote a higher level of debate around the use and understanding 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’.




20×16 inches £10,200
24×20 inches £11,400
30×25 inches £14,400
36×28 inches £18,000
40×30 inches £21,600
50×40 inches £25,800
60×40 inches £28,800

20 x 16 inches From £2,700
24 x 20 inches From £3,600

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

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