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.
METHOD OF WORKING
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
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 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.