Alister Winter Roberts 1941-2009

I was visiting our local library and noticed an exhibition of a local artist’s work. I wandered around the exhibition and was extremely impressed by what I saw. His water colours and the detail he included in them, the ink drawings and at the end of his time on this earth he took up oils which were excellent were all enough to make me envious of his skill as an artist.

The following write up is from a flyer I picked up from the library as I walked around

“Alister Winter Roberts was born on February 10th 1941, in Caerwys, Flintshire, North Wales. His artistic ability was evident at an early age and he was enrolled as a student at Liverpool College Of Art, at the age of sixteen. He won the John Moores prize for design at the end of his first year.

After successfully completing his college course, he was engaged as a graphic designer in London then Cardiff, Manchester and Liverpool, whilst continuing to produce paintings in water colours.

In the late 1980’s he returned to Wales, living in Caerwys and St Asaph. He decided to go freelance, painting landscapes, particularly with buildings of historic and architectural beauty. He worked in water colours and also in pen and ink, a medium in which he was particularly skilled. His clients were commercial institutions, country estates and private houses. He was often engaged in house portraiture, and produced many portraits of Erddig, the facades and gardens, some reprocuced as greeting cards.

The Grosvenor Museum Chester, commissioned four watercolour paintings, were reproduces in Peter Boughton’s book, ‘Picturesque Chester, The City in Art’. One painting was of the museum itself.

He was a committed member and one time chairman of North Wales Federation of Art Societies, and also active within the Clwydian Arts Society, he exhibited with the Society and was involvedin the organisation and hanging of their exhibitions.

Alister painted and exhibited in Canada, taking many paintings of Wales with him. He also had exhibitions in the North of England and Warwickshire.

After many visits to Spain, he moved there to live in a village house in the hills above Malaga. He was inspired by the rugged landscape, and produced striking pen and ink drawings. He also began working in oils, but sadly he became very ill and had to return to his family. He died on December 21st 2009.”

So this comes to prove that North Wales can supply the art world with some brilliant artists and Wales gives the artist some breath taking scenery to paint, which I must say is a spectacular gift from Mother Nature, well done girl and thank you.

One problem is that after viewing his work, I can not find anything on the internet about him, I’ll keep on looking……..

I found one.

and another,


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