Light, in all its forms and its effect upon the subject, provides the starting point for Alistair Butt's paintings. It provides the sparkle, impact and mood of a landscape, seascape, harbour, village or city. Subject matter that inspires Alistair includes: beaches, harbours, boats, while inland, farms, villages, streams and landscapes.
On location Alistair makes sketches, and takes some reference photographs. The form of the sketches depends on the available time, subject matter, location, weather etc. Beginning with a detailed drawing, Alistair plans the content and composition, before transferring that to stretched watercolour paper. He uses what is essentially a primary palette, enabling him to mix any colour. The method of painting varies slightly, but mostly Alistair uses a sequence of washes to build up the tonal variations and degree of detail using Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes. Alistair uses a variety of supports with the colour palette being similar to the watercolour. He starts with a brush, establishing the main shapes, then sometimes he develops each part of the painting, working from the background forwards, or he’ll start with an underpainting and build on that.
1963 Born in Umtata, South Africa
1979-83 Studied at Worksop College of Art
1983-86 Studied Technical and Scientific Illustration at Blackpool and Fylde College
1991 Winsor & Newton Young Painters in Watercolour Finalist
2007 Elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
2008 Award the Ranelagh Press Award at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition
‘Ranelagh Press Award’, Royal Society of Marine Artists, 2008
Patchings Art Centre
Pybus Fine Art
Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Society of Marine Artists, Little Picture Gallery
Lincoln Joyce Fine Art Wonderwall Gallery
Dukeries Art Galley
‘Pratique des Arts’, French arts magazine.
Article in ‘Leisure Painter’, January 2007.
‘International Artist Magazine’, Issue number 9.
Marine subjects that inspire Alastair include beaches, harbours or boats (with incidental human figures), but he's also enjoys painting farms, villages, streams and landscapes. While he is willing to travel to paint in situ, photographs will generally suffice. As a consequence of his background in illustration, Alastair has no qualms in following a very specific brief, but is reluctant to replicate his earlier work. This artist is noted for dealing with commissions relatively quickly; a piece will typically take 2 - 7 days to complete.