Artist Alastair Dacey

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://https://www.alastairdacey.com

  • Year Born: 1978

  • Began as an abstract painter at RISD.

  • Transitioned to realism and the ateliers, first going to Ingbretson Studios (NH) then Cecil Studios (Italy)

  • Lived in 19th century painter Edmund Tarbell's home -the mentor and friend of my mentor's mentor (Ives Gammell and Paul Ingbretson).

  • Price Range: $600.00 - $18,000.00

  • More info on Alastair Dacey's FASO Connect profile

The Artist Says:

'Discovering you are an artist can be like realizing you have an unusual disease. Family and friends whisper in hushed tones, pushing paper and pens your direction. You get sent to special classes for the artistically inclined where you play with glue sticks and construction paper and really bright magic markers. Gradually you catch a whiff of admiration from the adults. Soon you’re drawing the family Christmas card and the art supplies bought for you increase in abundance and price. Then it happens: someone introduces you as ‘the artist.’ You think, ‘the what…?’ Pride and confusion whirl…and continue to whirl as you try and get a grip on what an artist is, and more importantly, what art’s been up to the last few thousand years. '


Collectors Say:

'These years later, as their mother, I realize that you really did capture their personalities.'  -Quote from a collector who had commissioned a portrait of her three children. 

Dealers Say:

'In a short period of time, he has managed to create an abundance of industry experiences that a career artist would be proud to list on their resume.  From his own personal creation of hundreds of drawings and paintings from life and at the highest level, to participating in solo and themed exhibitions, important portrait commissions and awards, aligning himself in creative, collaborative projects with institutions of merit and authentic interest to himself, to his continued curiosity and interest in not only the visual world but all things art.'  -Todd Bonita


I trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Ingbretson Studios and Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.  
Wandering initially from bold abstract and color plane paintings to delicate linear musings with ink and pencil, I eventually came to focus my painting on careful observation and interpretive realism. Nineteenth century aesthetics and academic traditions became my guide -with a generous smattering of Impressionism. Applying my training and historical sensibilities to my own work, I treat painting as a feat of craftsmanship and a challenge to freshly perceive my corner of the globe.
I co-curated the 2016 exhibition “Illuminating Tarbell, Legacy in Action” and am an active painting and drawing instructor. My work is in noteworthy collections including the St. Botolph Club and the New Hampshire State House. 

Commissioned work has played an important role in my career and I enjoy the collaborative aspect. Feel free to contact me for information on how I approach a commission. I also create work for galleries and exhibitions. 
Visit @alastairdacey to see more work and please contact me with any inquiries 

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