Alastair was born in 1962 near Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his schooling at King Edward Vll boys school, followed by two years’ compulsory national service in the South African army. During family holidays he was interested by the marine life he saw on Natal’s South Coast: this inspired him to take sculpture classes to interpret the way he saw the dynamics of fast fish.
With an interest in motor racing influenced by his father and an education in balance-engineering, Alastair set off to Europe with an ambition to work in the motor sport industry. This resulted in a 22 year career, 14 in F1, 4 as lead mechanic for the Benetton Team and 10 as race team chief mechanic for the BAR and Honda Grand Prix Teams. Drawing similarities between modern motorsport engineering and his love for the natural world, Alastair uses his acquired engineering skills and experience to recycle F1 car parts sourced from Grand Prix teams to show his passion for art through his signature medium of carbon fibre sculpture.
Alastair’s work has been exhibited world-wide and his sculptures have been purchased by collectors in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East and South Africa. He has exhibited at the Moscow World Fine Art Fair in 2012 and the Chelsea Fine Art Fair for three consecutive years between 2008 and 2010.
Now in his sixth year as a full time artist, Alastair is recognised as a forerunner in carbon fibre sculpture and with his team is undertaking a variety of projects including private commissions, installations, a lifestyle product collection and new work in his bespoke studio ‘studio 45’ near Oxford, England.