AlastairAdams has been painting portraits since the mid 1990’s over which time he has established a strong reputation as a commissioned portrait artist. His dynamic but natural and unassuming portraits earning him many high profile commissions and acclaim through national and international exhibitions.
After becoming a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) in 2002, and taking a place on council shortly after, Alastair became the Society’s Treasurer in 2005. In 2008 he was made President, the youngest in the Society’s 120 year history. In his capacity as President, he continued to build upon the Society's history and strong reputation as a source for high quality, original and inventive world leading portraiture.
Alastair also holds a research based lecturing position at Loughborough University and has published papers on commissioned portraiture, the application of life drawing within a modern educational context, drawing and visualisation and facial difference. He is also a Co Director of the contemporary drawing research group and journal, TRACEY.
His own portraits are produced as part of an incisive, observationally centered, drawing and painting language. His role within the RP and position in academia enable him to promote a higher level of debate around the application and interpretation of portraiture, whilst providing a platform for the encouragement and support of contemporary figurative and portrait painters.