Flattely, Alastair: Rooftops Caithness
A watercolour with pen and ink demonstrating Flatteley’s gentle but inventive palette; it provides an unusual view skyline perspective from this county in the extreme north east of Scotland, framed.More images can be provided on request.
Artist: Alastair Flattely, 1922-2009, signed
Title and date: Rooftops Caithness, 1960s
Size: 36 x 54 cms.
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.