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<span style='color: #000000;'>About the Artist</span>

About the Artist

Born in 1965 in Scotland, Alastair Houston was brought up in the village of Fairlie on the Clyde Estuary on Scotland’s west coast. Alastair began sailing with his family from an early age.

As a boy the weekends and holidays were spent sailing around the west coast. In later times the family cruises would take in further destinations including Norway and Spain. After leaving school early and spending time travelling around Europe it was not long before he began working on the sailing yachts in the Mediterranean, it was the place to find work aboard yachts during the 1980s

Having always done a little painting at school and in spare time, a chance meeting with a classic yacht enthusiast gave the encouragement to hold the first exhibit of work in 1989 and so launched his career in the marine art field. This chance introduction to the traditional boats happened while working in a shipyard in Spain. Alastair found a subject that ‘looked good’ in the water, the appeal of these restored traditional craft as an art subject was further enhanced by the circuit of ‘Classic yacht’ regattas held in the Mediterranean. He has been a regular participant of this circuit, painting and exhibiting at the various venues for these gatherings.

<span style='color: #000000;'>The Process</span>

The Process

The inks are ‘sprayed’ onto the surface of the paper as opposed to laying them down. This enables the use of fine watercolour papers. The images are printed on exactly the same paper as the artists original, although more expensive to create , the result is almost indefinable from the original watercolour and represents a breakthrough in quality from lithographic printing.

Aquarelle Arches watercolour paper, made in France since 1492 is of the very highest quality, 100% cotton, mould made and acid free.

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000177

Tuiga & Avel racing in a light breeze off the north coast of Sardinia
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Candida & Astra

Candida & Astra


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000178

Two great Charles E Nicholson cutters Candida and Astra. Built in 1929 and 1928 respectively, these rate as 23mR, the largest boats built under the International rule. They spearheaded the revival of Big Class racing that paved the way for the J-Class yachts of the 1930s.
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The Lady Anne & Tuiga in a Breeze

The Lady Anne & Tuiga in a Breeze


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000170

Two well-known 15mR yachts, beautifully restored, in the Autumn Mediterranean Regatta Series.
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Reaching to the Finish

Reaching to the Finish


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000171

In this atmospheric painting, Alastair portrays a lyrical moment in a no-holds barred contest. Since their restorations, Thendara and Mariette have become great rivals in the classic yacht circuit. The painting portrays a race during the Régates Royals, Cannes.
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The Lady Anne and Moonbeam

The Lady Anne and Moonbeam


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000172

Produced to commemorate the 2008 gathering of Fife-designed yachts on the Clyde - the largest such gathering in the world.
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Moonbeam

Moonbeam


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000173


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The Fife Regatta - Mariquita on the Clyde

The Fife Regatta - Mariquita on the Clyde


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000174

Produced to commemorate the 2008 gathering of Fife-designed yachts on the Clyde - the largest such gathering in the world. Please note: the original painting is still available - please contact us if interested.
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The Dhow - Working Late

The Dhow - Working Late


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000175

The UAE is keen to maintain its sailing heritage, regularly organising races for large fleets of Dhows, and Alastair has visited frequently to capture images of these special craft.
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The Dhow - Checking the Rig

The Dhow - Checking the Rig


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000176

In the Gulf, a Dhow refers to all kinds of traditional boats and heritage ships. They are used to carry all kinds of cargo, for passengers, fishing or pearl diving.
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Bow Wave

Bow Wave


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000221

Available as print-on-demand on paper or canvas at any size you want from £28.50 (incl. VAT). Place your order, quoting the size you require and whether you want it on paper or canvas. The price will be confirmed before processing the order - Click here for a description of the ordering process.

Format: Print-on-Demand: paper or canvas; from Paper Size: 20 x 27 ins / 50 x 70 cm ; Image Size: 16 x 24 ins / 40 x 60 cm
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Candida Racing

Candida Racing


Alastair Houston

Ref: PRI000220

Available as print-on-demand on paper or canvas at any size you want from £28.50 (incl. VAT). Place your order, quoting the size you require and whether you want it on paper or canvas. The price will be confirmed before processing the order - Click here for a description of the ordering process.

Format: Print-on-Demand: paper or canvas; from Paper Size: 20 x 27 ins / 50 x 70 cm ; Image Size: 16 x 24 ins / 40 x 60 cm
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