Royal Gala Dinner celebrating the conservation of The Painted Hall
This week I was honoured to have the opportunity to paint the most spectacular dinner celebrating the relaunch of the Painted Hall at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich. The guest of honour was HRH The Princess Royal, who spoke to me briefly and discussed the painting at the end of the evening.
I have spent a month working on this piece so far, developing pen sketches and small oil paintings to establish the composition and colour palette. It marks a new chapter for me in attempting larger works with compositions dominated by figures. I spent 8 days prior to the dinner painting inside the hall on this large canvas trying to predict the conditions of the evening, table layout, lighting etc.
Of course my guesswork wasn’t that accurate and it took a frantic few hours painting during the dinner to pull my image towards the reality. I shall be returning to work further into the painting in a few weeks time.
‘Overall Winner’ of this years PaintOut Norwich
Rob has just won this year’s PaintOut. PaintOut is the UK’s premier and only fully juried en plein air art competition, celebrating the talents of national and international artists before a wide and growing audience in the heart of medieval and iconic Norwich. Rob picked up a trio of awards including 1st Prize in Oil Painting and ‘Overall Winner‘
Enjoy a new painting each month with large glossy A3 reproductions of 12 of Rob’s recent paintings. You can purchase via our online shop here –
International Artist Residency New partner Loganair
Our International Artist Residency with Manchester Airport continues and we are delighted to announce our third airline partner after great successes with Cathay Pacific and Qatar Airways. Scotland’s Airline Loganair shall be flying us to some of Scotland’s spectacular destinations and scenery in time for a Burns Night Celebratory Exhibition on 25 January 2019 in Manchester Airport. We shall keep you updated on this partnership and event.
Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition 2019
Rob has a personal record of 4 oil paintings on display at this year’s Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition. It has been a lifelong ambition to become a member of this society and this year Rob is a Candidate for Associate Membership and his work shall be judged by all current members of the ROI.
The Exhibition runs at the Mall Galleries from the 28 November until 9 December. We do have a limited number of invitations to the Private View on the 27 November. Please email if you are interested.
2018 Calendar Now Available
Now available 2018 Calendar featuring a collection of Oil Paintings produced in the U.K and abroad including New York, London, Norwich and Manchester.
The Calendar is priced at £12.95 with free P&P and is available for purchase on our online store … Pointon Picture Library
Painting the World Superbike Championships at Donington
POSTERS of the World Superbikes Championship Paintings are now available for purchase on our new online store…
Renowned British artist Rob Pointon will create a stunning piece of artwork during the Donington Park World Superbike race event this weekend (26-28 May).
The Staffordshire-based painter specialises in scenes with plenty of movement and big crowds, and has recently created artwork at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, scenes from the Rugby World Cup, the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar and horse racing at the Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong.
Rob will pitch his easel and canvas in the spectator areas at Donington Park, as he looks to capture the unique motion created by the 200 miles per hour World Superbikes, while also replicating the emotions of the large crowds expected at Donington this weekend.
The artist encourages fan interaction, and thrives off feedback from people watching as he creates his artwork. Spectators will be able to take information away with them, and poster prints of the artwork will be available in the weeks after the event.
Pointon has been painting since he was young, inspired by his artist grandmother and graduated with a degree in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University before going on to study at the Royal Drawing School in London. He turned professional in 2006 and is a regular exhibitor and award winner, recently crowned the winner of the Haworth Prize at Mall Galleries in London.
World Superbikes is Donington Park’s biggest motorsport event of the year, and the circuit is set to welcome tens of thousands of motorsport fans across the three days.
Rob Pointon commented: “I love painting action-packed scenes, and will relish the challenge of trying to capture the tremendous speeds of the Superbikes tearing around Donington. I have been looking at Art Deco motor racing posters, and hope to paint a present day version, amongst the crowds and race day atmosphere.”
Artist & Illustrator Magazine – August 2016
Article about ‘Piccadilly Falls’ and winning the Haworth Prize 2016
Capturing the Rugby World Cup 2015
Exhibition Book 3 – Manchester – The Crowd as Water
Manchester ‘The Crowd as Water’ Exhibition Books have been printed to coincide with the exhibition in the Midland Hotel with Northern Art Specialists Colourfield Gallery.
Thought provoking commentary to the paintings is provided by Dr Mark D Price, Philosopher & Associate Lecturer at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
The Book is priced at £12.50 with free P&P and is available for purchase on our new online store Pointon Picture Library
January Newsletter 2014
Diamond Jubilee Pageant Painting is reported on ITV news
When he became aware of the plan to sail 1000 boats along the River Thames to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Rob Pointon knew that he had a unique opportunity to create an image of historical importance, which would become a flag ship image for his year of the boat project.
To create the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant painting Rob spent several days on location prior to the flotilla laying down a foundation depicting the scene. On the day of the Pageant he arrived at 5 am to secure his spot and later added the Union Jacks, the crowds, and of course the boats.
Another major challenge was the sheer volume of spectators, with this crowd presenting without doubt “the most difficult crowd scene” undertaken to date. Fortunately though Rob is well seasoned regarding painting amongst crowds. His most challenging endeavour in this field prior to the Pageant was undertaken at Weston Park Staffordshire where a series of 3 sold out paintings depict busy crowd scenes at V Festival (2011). These paintings (one of which can be seen here) encouraged Rob to want to “capture the mood and atmosphere of more live events”, and what better atmosphere than this historically significant event, the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant.