Recently, a local landmark, near Bollington became a focus, as the famous ‘White Nancy’ set on the hill, was adorned with the Manchester Bee. With the City in the distance, the view was overlaid with a tempestuous sky. I felt that the sky reflected recent events in the City, and so was inspired to go home and paint.
It seemed very fitting to link this piece with a Manchester charity, in support of the City that I so love and admire. It's a place that has provided me with so much inspiration over the years. My chosen charity is ‘WE LOVE MCR CHARITY’, as its aim is to support and improve the lives of Manchester people.
The print of White Nancy will be released for sale on the 1st September, with 50% of profits going directly to the charity. Available in three sizes there will be 95 limited edition prints available to order directly from this website on a first come, first served basis. To order click here.
Here's stage 1 of my painting of 'Stresa', a town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Italy. I stayed here on a painting trip last October and really enjoyed the atmosphere of this busy town and the bustling restaurants. See next stage on Youtube at https://youtu.be/N2lMA1OJ7xc
More Information on the next show coming very soon...
Please see Exhibitions for more information on this year's exhibitions and shows.
And to round off the year…
Westminster Abbey Commission
In 2016, I gave a snippet of news about a particularly special commission I received, from one of the most esteemed and highly respected establishments in the country, Westminster Abbey. Having been chosen from a shortlist of artists, I undertook to depict the historic monument in my own style.
The 'Rob Wilson - Gift Range'
The resulting painting has been reproduced on a wide range of gifts. These include wallets, paperweights, notebooks and key rings and are available to buy directly from the Abbey giftshop or website: click here. The full range is to be released during the coming weeks. Unfortunately, I am not able to offer prints of this image directly, however mounted prints (size 35.8x28cm) can be purchased through the Westminster Abbey website.
Rob has again released a beautiful, high quality spiral bound calendar for 2017.
Sized 42x30cm, it shows one month per page alongside Rob's latest artwork.
This can be purchased with a luxury gift box if required.
by Rob Wilson
11th September - 25th September 2016
Ingleby, Nr Melbourne,
Derbyshire DE73 7HW
You and your friends are invited to a preview on
Sunday 11th September from noon till 4.00
when Rob will be present to paint and talk about his work.
Wednesday to Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday noon - 5pm
From the A50 Junction 3 at Chellaston take the road to Swadlincote, following the road until you reach the river Trent. Cross the river and immediately after the river turn right, off the bridge. Continue for one and a half miles and pass the John
Thompson pub. The Gallery is situated a further quarter of a mile on the right.
Telephone Gill Watson 01332 865995
Art Fair 2016
Macclesfield Old Town Hall
Friday 16th September - 25th September 2016
A wide range of high quality original art by more than 80 artists: Paintings, Ceramics, Prints, Jewellery, Textiles, Sculptureand Wood.
Pop up café with homemade cakes
• Art Tours • Open evenings • Wine, canapes and live music.
Cheshire's leading charity Art and Contemporary Crafts Exhibition with at least 35% of the art sales going to support the East Cheshire Hospice.
Swap the waterways of Whaley Bridge and immerse yourself in the flow and activity of the Grand Canal.
Following a truly inspiring trip to Venice last November, Rob presents his interpretations which capture the magic and romance of this unique city.
Usually at his home, this year Rob opens his studio in the middle of Whaley Bridge as part of the Derbyshire Open Arts event. Open 10am-5pm. Entrance behind Gascoigne Halman Estate agents. For more details please see Exhibitions page.
Looking ahead to the coming year, Rob is embarking on an international theme, inspired by a recent trip to Venice. 'Café Culture' becomes the focus later in the year, capturing people relaxing-maybe on a sunny café terrace or outside a bustling coffee shop. Naturally, interspersed with local scenes, as Rob’s heart is never too far away from home!
We can also look forward to new paintings of the High Peak area and Manchester exhibited at Jarva and Contemporary Six Galleries.
Subscribe to Rob's newsletter for more details, or see Galleries & Exhibitions for information as it's released.
Watch 2015 Great Dome Art Fair in film, it captures the true essence of this great show.
I am delighted to announce that I am the first prize winner of the Buxton Spa Prize
A week ago this evening, the prizes were announced during the exhibition preview and prize giving evening at the Green Man Gallery in Buxton. The judging panel included, amongst others, artist Ken Howard OBE RA, artist Peter Brown NEAC and Viscountess Cobham the Chairman of VisitEngland.
The first prize was proudly sponsored by ‘The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust’
Four brand new pieces, now on the wall at Jarva Gallery, Whaley Bridge
• Tower Bridge
• Westminster (Sold)
• Trafalgar Square
• Dramatic Light at Charing Cross
Throughout October and November there are a series of free public art sculpture trails across London's streets, parks and public spaces. Rob is exhibiting a bus by Trafalgar Square as part of the Westminster Trail. His bus shows a panoramic view of the surrounding area, mirroring the scenes around the sculpture.
There is a live trafalgar webcam of the area.
The 2.5m sculptures are displayed over three trails and have been decorated by artists as part of celebrations to mark the 2014 Year of the Bus.
Following the display, the artworks will be auctioned to raise funds for three charities: Kids Company, Transaid and London Transport Museum.
Watch the painting come to life as 3 weeks is condensed into 2 mins!
Following the success of Rob's first book, he has now launched Book Two.
Once again, this is an eclectic mix of prints, showing his adaptable style to its full potential.
Studies include Manchester, Cities around the World, woodland and sporting events to date.
This A4, hard-back book, with beautiful presentation box is now available to buy, please see the 'purchase' tab for more details.
"He portrays a snapshot of ordinary life, on an ordinary day, but in an extraordinary way."
A selection of Rob's prints have been chosen by John Lewis and have gone on sale at the prestigious 'Peter Jones' store in London. It's great exposure to a wider audience and a privilege to be selected by such a highly respected company.
Rob's entry below 'The Viaduct' wins 3rd prize at the Buxton Spa Prize!
Rob's latest work is being shown as part of an exclusive Manchester exhibition.
He is one of a collection of artists on display in the Summer Exhibition running throughout August.
His latest pieces show studies of Manchester icons in his distinct, inimitable style and are available to view Tuesday to Saturdays 10-5pm at Contemporary Six: The Gallery, The Royal Exchange Arcade, Manchester M2 7EA.
Showing a collection of Rob's latest work and an opportunity to chat to the artist. Also Rob will be holding a demonstration of his technique with an opportunity to place a bid for this artwork, all money raised going to charity.
This year the pace quickens as Rob captures on canvas, the energy, pace and excitement of the inaugural British leg of the Tour de France.
York to Sheffield 201km, stage 2 of the Grand Depart:
"This will definitely challenge the peloton with a blend of iconic climbs and countless, short, sharp climbs.'
New painting of the magical view looking out from Beetham Tower, Manchester. The result of a recent commission (mentioned earlier). The brief was to capture the view at dusk including some of the reflections from inside. The view just comes to life as the night falls, well worth a visit if you haven't been!
The Bank Holiday saw a chance to visit homes, studios, public halls and other venues to meet artists and find out more about what they do. With up to three days of self-guided tours taking in the wonderful rural scenery of Derbyshire.
Warm Welcome… New Venue
This year Rob had a change of venue and exhibited at his new home and studio, above Whaley Bridge town centre.
As one of Rob’s favourite events, he found the whole weekend to be a resounding success. Unveiling a host of brand-new originals including ever-popular scenes of Manchester and also cityscapes of London and Venice, this exhibition of works had something for everyone. On display also were a collection of woodland pieces, miniature artworks and some black and white prints.
The new pieces can be viewed on the gallery page of this website. Contact Rob if you would like to view an original or order a print from him.
For the coming year there are a couple of interesting projects on the go including this commission looking out from the Beetham Tower (Manchester). It's a magical view which has Rob utterly inspired! Expect many a piece to be created from this vantage point. There's a lot to fit in - the question is where to begin?
Other subjects in the mixing pot at the moment include New York and the fantastic artchitecture of Liverpool. More updates as they happen.
Rob's next exhibition is to be held at Jarva Gallery, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire in December. This greatly anticipated show will reveal a rarely-seen side to Rob's work, demonstrating his unique skills through two very different themes. The juxtaposition of both subjects show the versatility of his technique at its best.
Paintings of woodland scenes promise to be an atmospheric and moving journey into the Autumn/Winter season. In contrast, Rob is also showing his latest urban pieces, demonstrated by his familiar powerful and emotive studies.
Undoubtedly this will be a dramatic show of contrasting observations.
Since Rob gained the prestigious Old Trafford Cricket commission, interest has been growing from his many art admirers. Depicting the newly redeveloped Emirates Old Trafford, Rob’s paintings feature The Point, New Pavilion and the state of the art Media Centre. These paintings will be exhibited at the Ground whilst the Ashes takes place.
During the Ashes, Rob will be adding to the collection, based within the Media Centre and at various vantage points around the ground, creating original paintings, that capture the excitement of the tournament as it unfolds.
On completion of these works, Contemporary Six, Manchester will be holding an exhibition of the entire collection.
Alex Reuben, proprietor of Contemporary Six-The Gallery, says
“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.”
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.
Contemporary Six-The Gallery, The Royal Exchange Arcade, Manchester M2 7EA.
Rob’s next showcase is the Peak District Artisans Event in Buxton. Hosted within a unique setting, the Devonshire Dome was built for the 5th Duke of Devonshire. It is the largest unsupported dome in Europe and again, this year, holds this award-winning celebration of unique, artistic works.
It has become one of the most highly regarded art events in the North West, featuring fine artists, designer makers and artisans based in and around the Peak District. Browse and buy whilst taking in the atmosphere of this historic backdrop.
The event includes:
• The chance to buy an original piece of art
• Illustrated Talks and Demos
• Winning entries from ‘Young Artist of the Year’ Competition
• Silent Auction in aid of Helen’s Trust featuring original pieces in a variety of
disciplines and workshop experiences
• Artist Originals Postcard Raffle
The Silent Auction in aid of Helen’s Trust showcases some of the very best work from exceptional artisans, giving you a chance to own a unique piece of art or the opportunity to experience a workshop whilst helping to raise money for a very worthy cause.
Rob will be holding a demonstration on Saturday morning at 10.45am in the Lecture Theatre after which you will have the opportunity to bid for this demonstration piece during the Silent Auction.
Unveiled for the first time,
TEN brand new originals
Rob is looking forward, once again to the annual Derbyshire Open Arts Event. It is a great opportunity for him to meet and greet followers of his work in person and to chat about his inspiration. As one of his favourite events, Rob displays his work within his home, giving a relaxed and casual feel to the exhibition.
This year’s event coincides with Rob’s two year association with Contemporary Six Gallery, Manchester and is his first showing of the specially priced, limited edition print to celebrate this.
Rob would love to see you at the event and hope this will match the success of previous years.
There is an opportunity to purchase some of his work and chat with the artist himself, and to visit other participating artists in the area. Rob’s home, at 49 Bridgemont, near Whaley Bridge SK23 7PD is open 11am-4pm.
Special Edition Celebratory Offer
Rob has been busily working on a very special piece which is to commemorate his two year association with Contemporary Six The Gallery, Manchester and is proud to announce a special limited edition print of ‘The Shambles Square’.
This commemorative piece features Rob himself, sketching the scene and is a unique study of the Shambles Square, and includes the infamous Shambles Pub and the historic Corn Exchange Building.
This stunning print is limited to 50 copies. The mounted image measures 71 x 48cm and will be displayed alongside the original at Rob’s home during the Derbyshire Open Arts Event.
To reserve a print please contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org or Contemporary Six Gallery, Manchester, where more of Rob's work is on display.
Lancashire Cricket Club based at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, have agreed for Rob to be their official artist this Summer depicting the excitement and action of the Ashes Test, 2013.
With the completion of a multi-million pound redevelopment at Emirates Old Trafford and the hosting of this year’s Ashes Test, Rob has agreed to produce a series of commemorative paintings to celebrate this historic event.
During the Ashes Rob will be overlooking the ground, live in the Media Centre, at the heart of the World’s press, capturing the feverish atmosphere in his paintings as the Test unfolds.
This is an exciting opportunity for Rob to create a collection of work combining his love of old and new architecture, showing the original pavilion building adjacent to the newly built, modern Point.
Talks are ongoing, and new information will be released as soon as it unfolds...
Winner of the Buxton Spa Prize in 2015, Rob Wilson has fast become one of the most exciting contemporary artists in the UK.
His mixed media paintings incorporating paint, print, texture & lines of stitching, offer atmospheric interpretations of the urban landscape.
Recently commissioned by Westminster Abbey, with previous commissions including The Ashes Series at Old Trafford.
Selected prints now available at John Lewis.
Rob Wilson Art
Phone: 0161 6377 490