Alastair Flattely (1922-2009)

Alastair Frederick Flattely (1922-2009). Flattely was born in Inverness, Scotland and 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 was taught by several Scots painters, including William Gillies. He left in 1951 and took up a post at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. He was awarded the Andrew Grant Fellowship in painting between 1953 and 1955 and he travelled across Europe. 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, focusing on lighting and colour. In later life, Flattely became vice-principal of Gloucestershire College of Art and Design and he continued to paint at home in Dorset up until his death. Flattely was an elected member of the Royal West of England Academy.
Exhibited at the RA, RSA, RSW, RGI and AAS.
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.