Artist Rob Pointon

Artist Rob Pointon painting Tombland at night, Paint Out Norwich 2018. Photo © Katy Jon Went
Artist Rob Pointon painting Tombland at night, Paint Out Norwich 2018. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Rob Pointon graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University before going on to study at The Royal Drawing School in London.

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 water and crowds. Painting on location brings an added dynamic to his work, galvanised by the engagement with the passing audience who can witness the development of a painting as it happens.

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As well as the RBSA, Rob is a member of MAFA (Manchester Academy of Fine Arts) and exhibits regularly in the ROI and NEAC exhibitions.

Between 2016-2019 he is the International Artist in Residence for Manchester Airport, travelling to different direct destinations and bringing back
exhibitions of work to be showcased in the terminals

At his first entry into the Paint Out Norwich competition in 2018, Rob won First Prize in Oils and overall competition winner, sponsored by Leathes Prior.

Artist Rob Pointon painting the Market, Paint Out Norwich 2018. Photo © Katy Jon Went
Artist Rob Pointon painting the Market, Paint Out Norwich 2018. Photo © Katy Jon Went

“PaintOut has been a thoroughly life-enriching experience for me, it’s the first time I have entered the competition and despite having competed in other one day painting events was surprised at the intensity of the 5 day competition with back to back days of nearly 12 hours of competitive painting. I don’t normally work alla prima so to push through so many works in a short space of time was a tough but a healthy challenge. Having the competition over a number of days meant I had time to settle in to the beautiful city of Norwich and get past the obvious subjects, but more importantly was to gradually settle into a community of like-minded passionate artists, all giving their all for their craft, but at the same time helping and supporting one another. I have made a number of good friends and look forward to seeing them again at future events. Crammed in-between the intense periods of painting were high-level artist demonstrations and a number of superb lectures by excellent knowledgeable speakers. Before you have chance to catch a breath the work is displayed in the spectacular setting of Norwich Cathedral with wet paint warning signs and a busy Private View. To walk off with a number of prizes including Overall Winner was the icing on the cake! I look forward to future PaintOut events”

Paint Out History

Paint Out Norwich – First Prize in Oils & Overall Competition Winner (2018)

Other Awards

Winsor & Newton Artist Award, 2nd Prize U35, ROI Annual Exhibition (2016)
Haworth Prize Winner, New English Art Club (2016)
Buxton Spa Prize, 3rd Prize (2016)
ROI Paint Live Competition, 2nd Prize (Dec 2015)
Buxton Spa Prize, 2nd Place People’s Choice (2015)
Buxton Spa Prize, Buxton Festival Choice Prize (2015)
Staffordshire Open, Shire Hall Gallery, 1st Prize (2014)


Rob has had many solo shows but came to Norwich in 2017 and exhibited at Mandell’s Gallery. He had this to say of painting in Norwich:

“I love exploring the diversity of the architecture of Norwich, seeing the different architecture styles because it is such a historic city. Hopefully my paintings bring a fresh perspective to Norwich. I hope they make the people of Norwich look at their own city differently.” – Rob Pointon, EDP


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