'Phantom, Oxford Road', an original oil painting by Rob Pointon, depicts a masked cyclist speeding down Manchester's Oxford Road post-lockdown. It was painted in October 2020, at the end of lockdown, though possesses the very recognisable symbol of 2020. It appears in Rob Pointon's solo exhibition An Unprecedented Year.
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.