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Following Alasdair’s graduation from Glasgow School of Art he taught for two years and was then drawn back to the Hebridean islands of Colonsay and Oransay. The beauty, geology, archaeology and folklore of these small islands had shaped his childhood and would now inspire his work. Based for a year in a beautiful boathouse on the Oransay shoreline, he drew and painted in preparation for his first solo exhibition which was held in Edinburgh. The pull of these islands has continued and both Alasdair and his identical twin Andrew return regularly.
Elemental landscapes, abstraction in manmade and natural forms, the shapes of hills and distant headlands together with the light and dark of the forest floor have all enriched Alasdair’s work. Throughout his teaching career, in Scotland, Germany and England, he continued to produce his own work and to exhibit in group and solo shows. Alasdair gathered material on many trips to European countries and whilst researching on his travels in north Africa and India. His work is concerned with the making of connections between cultures past and present.
Alasdair has his home and studio at Loch Laggan in the Highlands. His retirement from teaching in 2012 enabled him to devote much more time to his own work. Whilst undertaking an Artist in Residency at the nearby Creag Megaidh National Nature Reserve he gave drawing, painting and printing workshops to both adults and local school groups. He then had solo shows in Pitlochry, Corrour, Colonsay and at Loch Laggan. Group shows included Frost and Reed’s “By Loch and Mountain” exhibition in The Pitt Building in Cambridge and “The Season’s Fall” show at The Orbost Gallery on the Isle of Skye. Commissions followed for the illustration of two books of poetry which were published by Hayloft. Alasdair greatly values his membership of the SGFA and enjoys exhibiting in the society’s London shows. He had work in the “Drawing Connections” exhibition which was held in the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, where he also gave a Printmaking Workshop.
He is driven by the belief that an artist should have the ability to change ancient and everyday objects into works that are meaningful and unexpected. His paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures are in private collections in the UK, America and Europe. Alasdair’s work has been purchased by institutions such as The Brit Oil Collection, Robert Fleming’s Scottish Collection and the Moscow University Print Collection. He and Andrew are members of The Highland Print Studio in Inverness.
Alasdair relishes the fun that they have when they find themselves working there at the same time and values the wonderful occasions when they’re both contributing to the annual Colonsay Spring Festival. He’s currently busy preparing paintings, prints and sculptures for his next show which will be entitled “In the Birlinn’s Wake”. Alasdair continues to be excited by the search for fluency of line within all disciplines. He wants to work with passion and vision in order to shape the views of others through work that uses drawing in a fresh and individual way.