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
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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.