Alistair Crawford studied at Glasgow School of Art (1962-66), taught Textile Design, University of Leeds from 1968, then moved to Coventry University 1971 to teach Graphic Design. In 1974 became Lecturer in Graphic Art at Aberystwyth University where he also began publishing Art History and curating exhibitions, becoming Head of Department in 1986. In 1990 he became the first Professor of Art in the history of Wales and in 1993 instigated the new School of Art and the School of Art Gallery & Museum. From 1995 to 2008 he was Research Professor.
As an art historian Alistair has curated international exhibitions and published extensively on art in several languages, mainly on the history of photography. Recently he has transferred his experiences as an artist into storytelling performances. As an artist he exhibits as a painter, printmaker and photographer using subject matter which ranges from landscape and architecture to figurative work, both abstract and representational. A significant aspect is a preoccupation with the Spirit of Place. He has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and the USA and is represented in collections world wide. In 2000 he was elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers ‘in recognition of services to the art of printmaking’.