STAITHES artist Rob Shaw’s atmospheric painting, London from St Paul’s with White Van, has been selected from among thousands of entries to hang at this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.
A few years ago if you went for a pint in the Cod and Lobster on the seafront at Staithes you might have seen one of Rob’s distinctive views of the village hanging on the pub wall.
Some people fell in love with his paintings of red-roofed cottages huddled under the cliff, assaulted by the weather and the North Sea depicted in layers of free-running colour.
Others didn’t get them at all.
Few were indifferent though and there were many lively debates over the bar.
If you bought one back then you might be feeling pretty pleased with yourself now as Rob’s career has gone from strength to strength.
After Staithes Gallery opened in 2006, Rob started to paint full-time to meet the gallery visitors’ high demand for his unique works, so full of character and emotion.
He continued to paint scenes of his much-loved Staithes but also explored other subjects such as the boatyards at South Gare and cityscapes of Newcastle, Durham, Bath, Florence and now London.
Earlier this year he entered the work Breakwater, Staithes, heavy seas, October – rising tide for the prestigious Lynn Painter Stainers prize and was selected from among hundreds to hang at the Mall Galleries in London.
This success encouraged him to enter his first London cityscape for the RA Summer Exhibition.
The work was selected from more than 11,000 submissions for only 1,200 places of which usually only 100 or so are awarded to artists new to the exhibition.
It is estimated the painting will be seen by over 200,000 visitors to the exhibition over the summer.
Rob’s painting will be on view at the RA, alongside well-known artists such as Tracey Emin RA, Barbara Rae RA and Ken Howard RA, from now to 12 August.
Other works by Rob Shaw can be seen at Staithes Gallery, open Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun 10am to 5pm.