Alasdair studied fine art at Edinburgh College of Art. On graduating he embarked on a long career in local authority arts management, teaching art and curating exhibitions.
During this time he perfected his artistic skills by producing work in the area of sporting art, particularly equine art. This area has traditionally been dominated by artists who, in the main, based their methodology on photographic references. Alasdair wanted to replace such static photographic realism with an expressionist style to reflect the speed and energy represented by the sporting horse in action, his influences being the impressionist Degas and expressionist Kirchner.
In 2000 Alasdair began showing his work at major equestrian events around the UK. The popularity of his early work in pastels and charcoal resulted in invitations to become Artist in Residence at Blair Castle and later at the Horse of the Year Show at Olympia.
In 2002 Equestrian Art Ltd. began representing the artist, and such was the impact of Alasdair’s work in exhibitions at major sporting venues in the UK and abroad that he has acquired a loyal and growing band of collectors.
In 2008 Alasdair added works based on oil and canvas to his repertoire of pastels and ceramic sculptures. Also in 2008 Lloyds TSB banking Group, the major sponsor for the 2012 London Olympics invited Alasdair to become the chosen artist to portray equestrian sports at the Games.
Equestrian Art Announces 'Wild Horses - An Exhibition Of Expressioninst Equine Art' To Be Held In London's Menier Gallery
London Gallery Ignites a Revolution in Equestrian Art - Showcasing in London’s Menier Gallery, ‘Wild Horses’ is a world class exhibition of expressionist equine art.
Alasdair Banks wins The Ingleton-Beer Associates Prize at the Society of Equestrian Artists Annual Exhibition 2011
At the 2011 SEA Annual Exhibition held at the Mall Galleries in August, Alasdair Banks was awarded The Ingleton-Beer Associates Prize for the ‘Best Horse & Rider’ painting for his submission ‘Duel’, a mixed media painting featuring two racehorses battling it out for victory.
The work of EAL artists feature prominently on the 2012 Injured Jockeys Christmas calendar.
Paintings by EAL artists Vineta Sayer ASEA and Alasdair Banks feature in the Injured Jockeys Fund Charity Christmas calendar.
No less than four paintings by Alasdair Banks and three paintings by Vineta Sayer have been chosen by the Injured Jockeys Fund to feature in their popular Christmas calendars.
Olympic Hopeful Delivers Knock Out Artwork to Heavyweight Promoter
Karen Manzi, Head of International Television Sales is seen presenting a painting entitled ‘Title Fight’ by Alasdair Banks to Barry Hearn, Chairman of the Matchroom Sports empire, one of the world’s largest suppliers of sports programming.