The screenprint 'American Beauty' is typical of Alistair's bold shapes and bright colours. There is an obvious connection to Matisse's paper collages and prints which similarly involve a simplicity and boldness of form. Both artists work with blocks of colours and strong geometric symbols. 'American Beauty' has strong contrasting tones and uses only the three primary colours. The image is very striking with a stylised, rather than naturalistic, rendering of the figure - with its exaggerated facial features.
Alastair Mack was born in Edinburgh in 1955. After working as a lab technician for twelve years, he enrolled as a mature student at Edinburgh College of Art. He graduated in 1987 and spent the following year doing postgraduate study, and travelling across Europe, including Spain, Holland, Belgium and Denmark.
He continues to work part-time as a senior laboratory technician with Edinburgh Council, and this work is is reflected in his art, which often includes scientific references and images drawn from scientific observations. Recently he has experimented with digital images as a medium where where science and art meet. He is a member of Society of Scottish Artists, and since 1988 he has been a member of the Edinburgh Printmakers’ Workshop. Since 1993 he has been lecturer in Fine Art Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Arts, Dundee.