Victoria Harbour

By Rob Pointon

Victoria Harbour

The iconic view of Hong Kong Island from Kowloon that I found myself initially avoiding (in the spirit of originality) which proved nonsensical because, as soon as I began putting brush to canvas, the painting flew together as a thoroughly enjoyable study of water and aerial perspective. The harsh contrast and colouring of the wooden steps in the foreground give a comparison to the pale blue shapes of the distant skyscrapers and mountain ridge line.

I have broken the horizontal bands of buildings, sky and water with the two triangles on the left of the painting formed by the steps and underside of the viewing platform above. These triangles together with the pointing Star Ferries form a visual arrow that gives an anticipated movement across the water.

I’m enjoying seeing the study of pale blues flanked by two pockets of bright colour with the ferries and the steps. It was only on my third session of painting this piece that the one brightly painted Star Ferry was moored in position, and it was a gamble as to whether to include it as it might have been a fleeting visit. Luckily it returned for my fifth and final session of painting and I was able to bring it to satisfactory level of definition.

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Painting detail

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