Flattely, Alastair: Calle de Atocha
Artist: Alastair Flattely, 1922-2009, signed
Title and date: Calle de Atocha (Madrid), 1960s
Size of picture: 33 x 42 cms.
Description: a framed watercolour demonstrating the best of Flatteley’s intensely rich style, and providing a view of the Calle de Atocha, a main street in Madrid which runs from the central Plaza Major to Paseo del Prado, the location of the Atocha Railway Station. You could almost be there!
More images can be provided on request.
Artist description: A painter born in Inverness, Scotland, Alastair Flattely was mainly a landscape artist in oil and watercolour. During World War II he was a surveyor with the Royal Artillery, obtaining many long distance views from hilltops which he later used in his work. He studies at Edinburgh College of Art from 1945-1950 and, awarded the Andrew Grant Fellowship in painting between 1953 and 1955, he travelled across Europe. As a teacher, he was Vice-principal and Head of Fine Art at Gloucestershire College of Art from 1960-1972 and Head of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen between 1972 and 1987.
From 1949-1952 he painted directly from landscapes but from 1953-1955 became semi-abstract, depicting fantasy landscapes. After 1955 he returned to work directly from the view before him. His prime concern is lighting and colour. An elected member of the Royal West of England Academy he exhibited at the RA, RSA, RSW, RGI and AAS, and held solo exhibitions at Aberdeen University, the Scottish Gallery Edinburgh and at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Examples of his work are in the collections of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Dundee Art Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow and Cheltenham Art Gallery.