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Plein Air Artist Inspires Doha College Students

Professional artist Rob Pointon treated aspiring Doha College art students to a behind the scenes talk and a technical workshop during his recent visit to Qatar.

Rob is undertaking a 3-year artist in residency programme with Manchester International Airport, and as part of this residency, he is visiting Qatar courtesy of Qatar Airways to capture Qatar in oils and in preparation for a final exhibition.

Doha College students were treated to a technical workshop with the artist as he displayed his technique of open air painting using oil on canvas. Using flowing brush strokes, Rob’s technique and use of multiple point perspective captured the essence and pace of each scene with vibrancy and texture.

Rob brought along three paintings he had created live in Qatar to demonstrate his technique to the Doha College art students. One painting showed the fast pace of the recent UCI Road Championships at the Pearl, while the other two depicted more traditional scenes from the Corniche and the Spice Souq at Souq Waqif.

Rob said:

My greatest inspiration, is talking to people whilst I paint a scene, I have really enjoyed the atmosphere and smells within the Spice Souq. Everyone was very hospitable and interested in my work. I am using a lot of Indian yellows within my palette and have certainly made the most of my Michael Harding desert set so far in Qatar.

I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting Doha College, they have an active art department and enthusiastic and confident students. I hope through this workshop, I have encouraged them to paint outside, to get the direct experience and engagement from people that I believe will influence their work immensely.’

Ferhan Khan, Head of Art & Photography at Doha College, said:

Everyone was fascinated by how Rob works, the sources of his inspiration and the techniques he employs. Encouraging and arranging visiting artists and increasing the links to Qatar’s arts and culture sector is a key focus of my team as we look to inspire our students and develop their creativity and skills.’

One student who was certainly inspired was Youssef Shafiek who is currently taking Art for A level, said:

I was very impressed meeting Rob, he was very open and honest, I want to study architecture and I plan to study Rob Pointon’s work in more detail and use him as one of my artists to study for my final A Level piece. Having met him I feel I can understand his work even more.’

Rob Pointon is visiting Qatar for a month as part of his residency with Manchester International Airport. He plans to complete around 12 – 15 paintings that will be curated and displayed in a final residency exhibition on 30 November 2016 in Central Manchester in partnership with Qatar Airways.

Rob Pointon’s visit to Art Department video

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