Portland St, Manchester

By Rob Pointon

“This work was painted entirely on location, whilst standing amid the fumes and cacophony of vehicles on a traffic island on Portland St, one of Manchester’s busiest thoroughfares. I was drawn to the challenge of how to represent the continuous movement of traffic and pedestrians. The brutalist 1960s architecture of the overhanging Mercure Hotel and behind it, the mighty concrete block of City Tower, introduced an oppressive totalitarian feel for the piece. I have endeavoured to continue this with the ghostly amalgamations of figures, and with the stare of the character, who meets our gaze whilst checking to cross, to leave his imprisonment of traffic lights.”

Painting detail

  • Oil on Canvas, 2015
  • Framed
  • Signed
  • 60cm x 90cm
  • SOLD
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