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 x 16 inches From £2,250
24 x 20 inches From £3,000
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METHOD OF WORKING
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
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
- 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.