Rob Pointon's electric plein air oil painting — Above The Concourse, Manchester Piccadilly (2018) — depicts the busy commute at Manchester Piccadilly station, with pinpoint people striding to-and-fro before the platforms. Rob's incredible control over his tonal range brings artificial light, shadow, and movement, all into contention, and yet the piece remains totally balanced.
Rob paints entirely en plein air and has a particular interest in the use of multiple-point perspective, and movement within his paintings, evidenced strongly with his depiction of transport and crowds. Painting on-location brings an added dynamicity to his work, galvanised by engagement with the passing audience, who can witness the development of a painting as it happens.
Rob Pointon ROI RBSA MAFA is an award-winning plein air painter, painting solely on location, using oils. Pointon is renowned for his ingenious use of multiple-point perspective, his fluid and expressive brushwork, and his brave choice of subject matter — from cityscapes and landscapes to interiors and portraits. A member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, as well as the painting collective The Northern Boys, Pointon has developed into one of Contemporary Six's most popular and versatile painters, rendering the city of Manchester in his uniquely innovative style. Whether bustling tram stops or football stadiums, famous landmarks and buildings, waterways in Venice, or rain in the north of England, the paintings are simultaneously impressive and sensitive — and the artist is much deserving of his many accolades.