Painter with A Cinematic Eye On the Racecourse
The Osborne Studio Gallery in London, encouraged artist Alistair Little to look at the dramatic potential of the racecourse, a natural step for an artist with a love for 20th century cinema, especially Westerns and film noir, and a gift for seizing unguarded moments, as well as capturing the allure of speed.
Alistair began his artistic career in the film industry in 1994, focusing on model making and design. After three years in the film and television industries he turned to two dimensional art to train and work as a freelance commercial illustrator. In 2001 almost exclusively working in markers and pencils he started experimenting with paint.
Alistair has been influenced by the American Ashcan School, who rejected Impressionism, but worked in a ‘robust, unfettered, un-genteel spirit, akin to journalism.’ They wanted to illustrate the beauty, violence and velocity of 20th century urban life, in a bold realistic style. But like Alistair they also painted landscapes away from the metropolis. Film makers of our own time, especially Martin Scorsese, acknowledge the inspiration of Caravaggio, with a chiaroscuro also used by Alistair which serves to heighten the drama.
Alistair Little – Painter with A Cinematic Eye On the Racecourse exhibition will take place at The Osborne Studio Gallery, Motcomb Street, SW1 on 5th to 22nd April 2016