Derbyshire artist Rob Wilson has been selected to be the official artist for Lancashire County Cricket Club to capture this year’s Investec Ashes Series.
Rob Wilson has been commissioned to produce a range of commemorative paintings to celebrate this historic event. Capturing the series, Rob will be overlooking the ground based in the state of the art Players and Media Centre at the heart of the World’s press. Here he will capture the feverish atmosphere in his paintings as the Test unfolds.
“I am delighted to be invited to capture this momentous event. It’s great to be working with the team at LCCC and already I’m thoroughly enjoying working on this project.”
This exciting opportunity will see Rob create a collection of work combining his love of old and new architecture. The range will show the redeveloped pavilion adjacent to The Point, which was built in 2010 as well as a series of artworks depicting the Ashes in progress.
The original series, which will be signed by players will be exhibited at the ground during the 3rd Test which starts at Emirates Old Trafford on August 1st . From 15 August the exhibition will be on display and available to purchase along with limited edition prints from Contemporary Six – The Gallery.
“This is a great opportunity for people to own a painting from an extraordinary series of artwork from Rob Wilson. He uses his unique style to depict a very special occasion, on a subject that will no doubt go down in history.”
Proprietor of Contemporary Six
Limited edition prints will be available during the exhibition at Contemporary Six, Manchester. A select number of prints and originals will be signed by players making these an extra special souvenir of the Ashes Test.
Exhibition runs: 16th to 30th August – Preview: 15th August, 6-9pm.
About Rob Wilson
Rob studied for his degree at Bradford University in Graphic Design and Illustration. With its rich heritage of textiles, Bradford became a large influence in Rob’s work.
Now his inspiration comes from the dramatic architecture and moody landscapes found in and around the North West. Heavily influenced by graphic design and textile design, typeface and stitching often sit side by side with more traditional media, creating uniquely abstract pieces.
In 2007 he received a Commendation for his painting ‘The Audience’ at the highly respected Derbyshire Open and went on to win the ‘Best Artist Award’ at the Buxton Festival Fringe.
Since then, Rob is fast building a reputation as one of the most exciting young contemporary artists in the North West.
His mixed media paintings incorporating paint, print, texture & lines of stitching, offer atmospheric interpretations of Peak District landscapes and these are complemented by dramatic paintings of the urban landscape.
The vibrant cityscapes of Manchester vividly depict the energy and drama of living and working in a metropolis. There’s a sense of immediacy, but links with the past are also evoked by the juxtaposition of Victorian buildings and modern architecture.
Rob Wilson is regularly commissioned; many by architects who recognise his unique ability to capture the very essence of a particular building or place.