About

Rob paints entirely en plein air and has a particular interest in the use of wider angle perspectives and the depiction of movement within his paintings.

Born 1982, Rob Pointon has been painting since he was a child under the tutelage of his artist Grandmother, then, as an adult, graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University before going on to study at The Royal Drawing School in London. Having been a full time professional artist since 2006, Rob’s skills have developed through his work on locations all around the UK and abroad. Originally from the Staffordshire moorlands Rob is now based in South Cheshire.

Rob is a full member of the ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters), a member of MAFA (Manchester Academy of Fine Arts), the British Plein Air Painters and the outdoor painting collective The Northern Boys.

Education

2004 – 2005 ‘The Drawing Year’, Postgraduate, The Royal Drawing School (formerly Prince’s Drawing School), London
2001 – 2004 Fine Art BA (1st Class), University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Societies

ROI – Elected member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (Dec 2019 -)
MAFA – Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (May 2016 -)

Recent Exhibitions

SOLO – An Unprecedented Year, Contemporary Six Gallery (2020)
SOLO – Painting London, Panter and Hall Gallery (2020)
Exhibited with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI 2019)
GROUP The Northern Boys, Contemporary Six Gallery (2019)
SOLO – All Things Move, Trent Art Gallery (2018)
SOLO – A Fathers Perspective, The Upper House, Staffordshire (2018)
Exhibited with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI 2018)
SOLO – Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich (2017, 2018)
Exhibited with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI 2017)
SOLO – Mandell’s Gallery Norwich (2017)
Exhibited with New English Art Club (2017)
Exhibited with The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI 2016)
SOLO – Manchester Airport with Qatar Airways, The Hilton, Manchester (2016)
SOLO – Urban Dynamism, Colourfield Gallery, Poynton (2016)
Exhibited with New English Art Club (2016)
SOLO – New York & Paris, The Upper House, Staffordshire (2016)
SOLO – Manchester Airport Chinese New Year Exhibition with Cathay Pacific Airline (Feb 2016)
Exhibited with New English Art Club (Haworth Prize), Mall Galleries, London (2015)

Public Collections

Four oil paintings on permanent display at The Admirals House at The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich including a depiction of The Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames
Two oil paintings in the collection at Weston Park, Shropshire
24’ x 6’ Oil Painting on permanent display in the Council Chamber, Stoke-on-Trent, commissioned to commemorate 100 years of the federation of the six towns
Drawing in the personal archive of HRH The Prince of Wales
Drawing in private collection of Duchess of Devonshire Chatsworth

Awards and Honours

  • Painted Live at a Royal Gala Dinner to celebrate the conservation of The Painted Hall in Greenwich and discussed the painting with The Princess Royal at the end of the evening, 2019
  • Elected Full Member of Royal Institute of Oil Painters, 2019
  • 1st Prize, ROI Paint Live Competition, 2018
  • The Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award, ROI Annual Exhibition 2018
  • Overall Winner, 1st Prize in Oils, Judges Commendation, Paint Out 2018
  • Winsor & Newton Artist Award, ROI Annual Exhibition 2016
  • Winner of the Haworth Prize, New English Art Club 2016
  • 3rd Prize, Buxton Spa Prize, 2016
  • 2nd Prize, ROI Paint Live Competition, Dec 2015
  • 2nd Place People’s Choice, Buxton Spa Prize, 2015
  • Buxton Festival Choice Prize, Buxton Spa Prize, 2015
  • 1st Prize Winner £1000, Staffordshire Open, Shire Hall Gallery (2014)
  • Regional Artist Award £500, Halls Fine Art Open, Weston Park (Aug 2011)
  • Visitors Choice Prize, Staffordshire Open, Shire Hall Gallery (2011)
  • 24ft Oil Painting unveiled by HRH Prince of Wales to commemorate Stoke-on-Trent Centenary celebrations
  • Open 09 1st Prize Winner, Newcastle Borough Museum & Art Gallery
  • Young Artist Award from The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) 2006
  • Awarded Winsor & Newton Prize for British Museum work 2005
  • Awarded Drawing Prize (Royal Drawing School) 2005
  • Awarded bursary ‘The Drawing Year’ study at The Royal Drawing School 2004–05

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